FLIGHTS have been diverted to Yorkshire following a security scare on a passenger jet at Manchester Airport.

The passenger plane, Qatar Airways flight QR23, was escorted into Manchester by RAF jets after flight crew received a threat about a device on board.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of a bomb hoax.

As security services dealt with the incident, there was an influx of flights diverted to Leeds Bradford Airport.

Manchester Airport has since re-opened but emergency and security services remain on site.

Chief superintendent John O’Hare from Greater Manchester Police said: “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.

“As a result people will see the police and other agencies at the airport and on the airfield. At this time I would urge them not to be alarmed.

“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.”

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