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  • 6 August 2014, 13:10

Man Sectioned After UK Plane Bomb Hoax

A man detained following a bomb hoax at Manchester Airport has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The 47-year-old, from the North West, was arrested by armed officers after an RAF Typhoon jet had to be scrambled to escort a flight from Qatar into Manchester.

A Greater Manchester 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 emergency came when the pilot of Qatar Airways flight QR23 from Doha reported concerns about a possible device.

Fears are thought to have been raised when a passenger passed a note to a member of the cabin crew.

The Typhoon was dispatched fromRAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, with pictures and video of the unfolding drama posted online.

Josh Hartley, who boarded at Doha, said: "The flight was pretty calm all the way through, but some people are shaken up, quite a few. It was scary."

Police pronounced the Airbus A330-300 clear after searching it. The 269 passengers and 13 crew were unharmed.

Aurang Zeb, 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.

"Then I saw all the police with guns. Lots of police everywhere.

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

Mr Zeb said two armed police boarded and removed the suspect passenger.

He said: "They sat him up and said 'Put your hands up'. He did not say anything. There was a rumour of a bomb on the plane so people were scared. Thank God for that not happening."

Nine incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports because of the hoax.