Passengers aboard a Qatar Airways flight had a scare Tuesday when the Royal Air Force scrambled a jet to escort the plane in. The pilot had reported a possible suspicious device aboard.
One man, Josh Hartley, began live tweeting as the RAF jet flew alongside the plane and escorted it to Manchester Airport for an emergency landing.
Being escorted in pic.twitter.com/oXwxmhNsjo— Josh Hartley (@JoshHartley_) August 5, 2014
Witnesses on the ground also spotted the unfolding situation.
The plane, which originated in Doha, Qatar, landed safely at Manchester and a passenger was removed by police before the rest of the plane was evacuated.
Qatar Airways confirmed there was a threat made against the plane, which was carrying 269 passengers and 13 crew members. While the airline declined to comment further, Greater Manchester Police sent out this tweet:
A man who was onboard the plane at @manairport has been arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat.— G M Police (@gmpolice) August 5, 2014
Manchester Airport reopened after a brief closure, which included several planes getting diverted. Hartley, safe back on the ground with the rest of Qatar Airways flight 23, continued to tweet the aftermath of the scare.