Man sectioned after suspected Qatar Airways plane bomb hoax at Manchester Airport

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet escorting the Qatar Airways plane as it comes in to land at Manchester Airport. Picture from video shot by passenger Josh Hartley.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet escorting the Qatar Airways plane as it comes in to land at Manchester Airport. Picture from video shot by passenger Josh Hartley.

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A MAN arrested after a suspected bomb hoax on a Manchester-bound flight has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said.

The 47-year-old was arrested by armed police who greeted flight QR23 from Doha, Qatar, when it arrived at Manchester Airport yesterday, escorted by an RAF Typhoon jet.

Police said he had been sectioned.

A police spokesman said: "Following his arrest he was assessed by medical staff and again by a mental health team.

"He was subsequently sectioned to allow for a fuller assessment and appropriate treatment."

The alert was sparked by fears of "a possible device on board" but Greater Manchester Police pronounced the Airbus A330-300 clear after searching it.

Some of the 269 passengers on board the flight from the gulf described seeing the fighter from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire come close to the civilian aircraft as it flew towards Manchester, with pictures and video posted online.

Aurang Zeb, aged 60, who was returning from a holiday to his home in Bradford, said: "I thought there was something wrong because there was a jet flying so near."

He said the plane landed and was taken to an area well away from the terminal and other planes, where they waited for 45 minutes, then moved again closer to the terminal.

Mr Zeb added: "Then I saw all the police with guns. Lots of police everywhere.

"Kids were crying, some people looked very worried because of rumours there's a bomb on the plane."

Mr Zeb said two armed police then came on and removed the suspect passenger.

"They sat him up and said 'Put your hands up'. He did not say anything.

"People were still worried something might be on board.

"There was a rumour of a bomb on the plane so people are scared. Thank God for that not happening."

Passengers said two armed police arrested the suspect, who was ordered to put his hands on his head before being led away.

Indian Manju Geo, who was coming to the UK to visit family in Stoke, said: "At least two police came on and took one man off called Mr Roy.

"We were told he was writing some notes on the flight and the air hostess found that."

Manchester Airport said nine incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports, with five of these landing at Leeds Bradford Airport.

One of the flights that landed on time at Manchester once the emergency was over was the plane carrying Manchester United back from Florida, where the team has been engaged in a pre-season friendly tournament.

Ch Supt John O'Hare, said: "A 47-year-old man from the north west has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb hoax and remains in police custody for questioning.

"A full search of the aircraft has now finished and nothing suspicious was found."

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9:53am Wed 6 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

I hope feigning mental illness isnt a get of of jail free card for this character.
I hope feigning mental illness isnt a get of of jail free card for this character. Wolfie190
  • Score: 10

11:23am Wed 6 Aug 14

NECEY says...

well you would have thought if they was any fear of a bomb on board,you would make sure your passengers are evacuated straight away,, as they might have been and as soon as they got him off it could have been triggered i would have left him on and got everyone else off the familys with children being first.
i would give him a tough sentence never mind mentally ill he was'nt mental when he went were ever he had been .
well you would have thought if they was any fear of a bomb on board,you would make sure your passengers are evacuated straight away,, as they might have been and as soon as they got him off it could have been triggered i would have left him on and got everyone else off the familys with children being first. i would give him a tough sentence never mind mentally ill he was'nt mental when he went were ever he had been . NECEY
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

cosmicma says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
I hope feigning mental illness isnt a get of of jail free card for this character.
if they do find he has a mental illness they can lock him up in a mental institution indefinitely
i suspect finding him mentally ill will be far worse for him than a prison sentence

remember the man who climbed the queens balcony ?
what happened to him ?
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: I hope feigning mental illness isnt a get of of jail free card for this character.[/p][/quote]if they do find he has a mental illness they can lock him up in a mental institution indefinitely i suspect finding him mentally ill will be far worse for him than a prison sentence remember the man who climbed the queens balcony ? what happened to him ? cosmicma
  • Score: 7

1:05pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

cosmicma wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
I hope feigning mental illness isnt a get of of jail free card for this character.
if they do find he has a mental illness they can lock him up in a mental institution indefinitely
i suspect finding him mentally ill will be far worse for him than a prison sentence

remember the man who climbed the queens balcony ?
what happened to him ?
Dunno but being mental is a profession these days with many added benefits.
[quote][p][bold]cosmicma[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: I hope feigning mental illness isnt a get of of jail free card for this character.[/p][/quote]if they do find he has a mental illness they can lock him up in a mental institution indefinitely i suspect finding him mentally ill will be far worse for him than a prison sentence remember the man who climbed the queens balcony ? what happened to him ?[/p][/quote]Dunno but being mental is a profession these days with many added benefits. Wolfie190
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Wed 6 Aug 14

goldie47 says...

the airline will know his name......so they should release it
the airline will know his name......so they should release it goldie47
  • Score: 5

5:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

mr.mark.c says...

goldie47 wrote:
the airline will know his name......so they should release it
We do not need to know his name at the moment, what we do need is justice to be served with no holds barred.
On a side note, being sectioned could be a good thing as he will be locked up and then stand trial when declared sane.
[quote][p][bold]goldie47[/bold] wrote: the airline will know his name......so they should release it[/p][/quote]We do not need to know his name at the moment, what we do need is justice to be served with no holds barred. On a side note, being sectioned could be a good thing as he will be locked up and then stand trial when declared sane. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

9:47pm Wed 6 Aug 14

catsden says...

Mental illness my backside, just an excuse, should be named and shamed and locked up for a very long time, make him suffer.
Mental illness my backside, just an excuse, should be named and shamed and locked up for a very long time, make him suffer. catsden
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

catsden says...

NECEY wrote:
well you would have thought if they was any fear of a bomb on board,you would make sure your passengers are evacuated straight away,, as they might have been and as soon as they got him off it could have been triggered i would have left him on and got everyone else off the familys with children being first.
i would give him a tough sentence never mind mentally ill he was'nt mental when he went were ever he had been .
I agree with you NECEY, he wasn't mental when he went on holiday and yes they should have got everyone else off and left him till the last, he should be locked up for 20 years at least.
[quote][p][bold]NECEY[/bold] wrote: well you would have thought if they was any fear of a bomb on board,you would make sure your passengers are evacuated straight away,, as they might have been and as soon as they got him off it could have been triggered i would have left him on and got everyone else off the familys with children being first. i would give him a tough sentence never mind mentally ill he was'nt mental when he went were ever he had been .[/p][/quote]I agree with you NECEY, he wasn't mental when he went on holiday and yes they should have got everyone else off and left him till the last, he should be locked up for 20 years at least. catsden
  • Score: 3

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