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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178600
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:05-AUG-2015
Time:13:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A333 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-300
Owner/operator:Qatar Airways
Registration: A7-AEH
C/n / msn: 789
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 282
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Manchester Airport, Ringway, Manchester -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hamad International Airport, Doha Qatar (DOH/OTHH)
Destination airport:Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Narrative:
Qatar flight QR023 on approach to Manchester was escorted by a Typhoon fighter after a passenger reported "an (explosive) device on board". After landing, no suspicious object was found. An RAF spokesman said: “We can confirm that Typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby in their quick reaction alert role this afternoon to investigate a civilian aircraft whose pilot had requested assistance. The aircraft was escorted to Manchester where it landed safely. This incident is now being handled by the civilian authorities."

A spokesman for Qatar Airways said: "Qatar Airways can confirm that flight QR23 from Doha to Manchester, an Airbus A330-300, landed safely at Manchester Airport ahead of its scheduled arrival time of 13:15. There were 269 passengers and 13 Qatar Airways crew on board. 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.

"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".

Sources:

https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/qatar-airways-flight-qr023-escorted-manchester-airport-by-fighter-jet-possible-device-board-1459850
http://nieuws.tpo.nl/2014/08/05/britse-luchtmacht-escorteert-airbus-van-qatar-airways-naar-vliegveld-manchester-vanwege-bedreiging/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/11013448/RAF-fighter-jet-scrambled-to-bomb-threat-passenger-plane-in-Manchester.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28662561
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11388336.UPDATED__Man_arrested_over_bomb_hoax_after_emergency_landing_at_Manchester_Airport/


Images:

Photo of A7-AEH courtesy AirHistory.net


Helsinki - Vantaa (EFHK / HEL)
29 March 2019; (c) Pertti Sipilä

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Aug-2015 17:56 Chieftain Added
20-Aug-2015 14:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Aug-2015 14:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn]
20-Aug-2015 14:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]

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