British police said they arrested a passenger suspected of making a "hoax bomb threat" on a plane that landed at Manchester Airport Tuesday.
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
The Qatar Airways flight from Doha had received a fighter jet escort because of a threat of a "possible device on board," the U.K. Telegraph reported. The flight had been carrying 269 passengers and 13 crew members.
A passenger has been taken off the plane by officers at @manairport. We will work to get others off as swiftly and safely as possible.— G M Police (@gmpolice) August 5, 2014
Passengers now being allowed off the plane at @manairport. One passenger still with officers and incident still being dealt with.— G M Police (@gmpolice) August 5, 2014
Police in an earlier statement said they didn't know whether the threat was real, but that it was "absolutely vital that we deal with the situation as a full emergency," according to the Associated Press.
Passenger Josh Hartley tweeted video and photos of the escort:
Being escorted in pic.twitter.com/oXwxmhNsjo— Josh Hartley (@JoshHartley_) August 5, 2014
This post has been updated.