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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Qatar Airways flight makes emergency landing after bomb threat

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Manchester flew into the UK with a military escort this afternoon after the pilot declared an emergency over a suspicious package onboard.

One passenger was seen being taken off the plane by armed officers after the QR23 emergency landing:

According to the Telegraph, the problem began when cabin crew on the Qatari aircraft were passed a note by a passenger. The note reached the captain, who alerted air traffic controllers and scrambled the British fighter jet.

The newspaper quotes Manchester Police Chief Superintendent John O’Hare as saying:

“An incoming plane has been escorted into the airport by the Royal Air Force as a result of information received by the pilot about a possible device on board.

We don’t know how genuine this threat is but it is absolutely vital we deal with the situation as a full emergency.”

He added that he urged people not to be alarmed, saying, “Our response will be as comprehensive as it is proportionate with the safety of those on board and in and around the airport our paramount concern.”

On Twitter, the police force added that passengers were being allowed off the plane and that the threat was likely a hoax:

According to the BBC, all flights in and out of Manchester Airport were suspended for about 20 minutes, but have resumed operations.

Some passengers were snapping pictures and tweeting about their military escort, a RAF Typhoon fighter jet:

Others on the plane said they didn’t even know what was happening as they sat in the plane until they checked social media:

Passengers also complained about long waits as their luggage was searched after getting off the plane.

In a statement, Qatar Airways said that some 269 passengers and 13 crew members were on board the flight when it landed early. It continued:

“The crew had received a threat about a possible device on board and #QatarAirways immediately took all the necessary precautions to alert British authorities.

The crew is now fully assisting police at the airport with their inquiries. The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our top priority. As this is a matter of a police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”

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Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
6 years ago

Glad to see that Qatar Airways took the effort to mention that their plane “arrived ahead of schedule.” Because what’s important at times like these is putting in a little advertising plug for your airline. Worst PR ever in this country

Skander
Skander
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Miller

It’s not a PR thing, it’s for relatives to know that the plane already landed before schedule so they don’t stay worried.

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  Skander

Your words will be lost by the amount of up votes Ryan gets

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Skander

Precisely.

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Miller

Are they saying it takes a fighter escort and dedicated clearance to arrive ahead of schedule?

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Miller

You need to put down whatever it is you’re smoking so that you can think objectively for once…

Indifferent
Indifferent
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Miller

There goes that qatar shaming thing again. This guy is so full of hate he can’t think straight. Honestly, it’s getting old.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Indifferent

Most of the dope heads brought to Qatar as “experts” suffer from the same problem, just view how many thought his idiotic statement was a clever one…

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Well, you can’t expect dope heads to be as clever as you, or even have your impeccable manners

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Everyone is entitled to have their opinions and to express them as arrogantly as they please, I can respect that. However I am just as entitled to display my “impeccable manners” to those who behave in a civil manner and reserve very different treatment for those who wish to behave like buffoons.

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Well good for you, teach those buffoons a lesson

LoveItOrLeaveIt2
LoveItOrLeaveIt2
6 years ago
MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

That would be me guess to do something so stupid. Better a drunk hoax than a sober religious extremist with a real plan to murder

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

religious extremist…strange u said that…when and where…drunk hoax yes i can understand…senseless mind and out of control…sometimes even might go to an extent to be nude

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Plenty of people who kill in the name of religion. Take our friendly Isis in Iraq or the released Taliban prisons who killed thousands of Shias in Afghanistan during their ‘rule’

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

but the topic is about QA, a suspicious package, a bomb threat…where did religion come in this topic…it is no where mentioned

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago

Yes MIMH, how dare you mention something not covered in the article

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
6 years ago

Hijackers have a tendency to be religious extremists in recent years.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

ripcord and rss are inter-related with different id but with the same view

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
6 years ago

What? Two people with the same view? It must be a conspiracy. So are you that surprised that more than one person has the view that religious extremists have hijacked planes?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

Hahaha…. How dare we have the same opinion. It seems like we are both reading from the same religious book……. Hang on a minute….

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Mimh… I mentioned rip cord and not mimh.. read it again

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٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
6 years ago

Recent reports suggest that the individual may actually be suffering from mental health issues.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-28671822

Chipper fluffypants
Chipper fluffypants
6 years ago

Serious question- what is the purpose for being escorted in? To make sure the plane doesn’t go off the planned track to the airport?

greg
greg
6 years ago

to destroy it, not to crash in one piece

Ben
Ben
6 years ago

If a plane was hijacked and they intended to crash it into a populated area, they would shoot it down before it got that far.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

To blow it out of the sky if necessary

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Well he will be looking at some jail time for being such an idiot.

Shirin
Shirin
6 years ago

Whether it is a hoax or not (and regardless of how it was reported), I give props to the QA crew for taking it seriously. It is better to accept backlash for an overreaction than to suffer the consequences of a tragedy. Imagine how this board would light up if we learned that there was a bomb/hijacking and QA had done nothing?

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  Shirin

Really? I took that for granted. Would any airline ever ignore a bomb threat made by a passenger? Must be standard airline procedure to report it even if the guy looks like a harmless lunatic. Maybe any pilots on here can confirm

Turbohampster
Turbohampster
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

For obvious reasons I am not going to say how the system works, but there are different levels of bomb threats.. Each with its own appropriate response and procedures

greg
greg
6 years ago

one is a hoax, the other is real. Both are bad

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Maybe in the world you inhabit but I’d rather a drunken hoax by an idiot than some religious extremist who thinks he is doing gods work and kills me.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago

I would prefer the drunk over the extremist every time.

Vanessa
Vanessa
6 years ago

…except that drunk people sober up.

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