Qatar Airways passenger shares live updates of reported threat
Josh Hartley’s tweets were retweeted by international news agencies
A Qatar Airways flight was escorted into Manchester Airport by British fighter jets on Tuesday, after receiving a threat of a possible device onboard.
British passenger Josh Hartley provided live updates on Twitter.
He and the other passengers were not immediately informed of the situation.
In a quick response to a report from the plane, the UK Defence Ministry sent Typhoon aircraft to investigate.
Okay no I am worried— Josh Hartley (@JoshHartley_) August 5, 2014
Armed police, who were awaiting the plane on the ground, arrested a passenger in baggy trousers and a sports shirt, according to a Reuters photographer who witnessed the arrest.
Greater Manchester Police said on its official Twitter feed that it had detained a man in connection with the incident.
A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax after incident at Mcr Airport. Plane search complete and nothing found— G M Police (@gmpolice) August 5, 2014
Armed police outside the plane— Josh Hartley (@JoshHartley_) August 5, 2014
Still not been told anything from police or staff of what happen.— Josh Hartley (@JoshHartley_) August 5, 2014
Hartley posted several images of passengers leaving the plane and in the airport.
The passengers were eventually let go by the authorities, and Hartley tweeted thanks to those who supported him online during the incident.
I would like to say for those on the plane not able to right now, we thank you for all the support from you and we are all safe and well.— Josh Hartley (@JoshHartley_) August 5, 2014