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Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

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Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-28662867
Seemingly the pilot requested an escort and once landed the police just took someone off the plane
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

& also an alleged threat of a device onboard ?Huh
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

A guy was arrested for suspician of making  HOAX BOMB threat
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

OK... so I understand about airport/aircraft security/safety.... BUT......
What are the RAF jet pilots supposed to do?
I mean.... here we have a "situation"... of a commercial airliner under threat from a "bomber" on board.... presumably ... the bomber will make some demands that he is flown to a specific place,  OR...
"I`ll pull this pin" and "blow this plane and passengers out of the sky".... 
Oh please don`t do that... because if you do, you see those RAF jets out there on the port and starboard wings.... they will..................  Undecided Undecided Undecided
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

I imagine provide some sense of security and also the option to shoot the aircraft down if it's hijacked/to be used like in 9/11.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

The aircraft must have been close to Manchester because normally such planes are diverted to Stansted where there are special facilities to deal with them.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

Might not be that simple, if someone took over a plane they could do considerable damage as we saw with the twin towers, if the Americans had been aware a plane was going to be flown into a building like this perhaps they would have shot the plane down ?
Suppose someone took over a plane here and it was their clear intention to fly into a heavily populated building is it not possible it would be shot down to save more lives, what happens if the plane was diverted to a nuclear reactor ?
I Suspect there are plans already in place as to what action should be taken in the event of different situations  and sometimes it may be better to do the lesser of two evils, remember if the plane crashes the lives of the passengers would be lost anyway remember these days we are often dealing with fanatics who cannot be reasoned with and have no fear of death.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

it's not easy these days to get into the cockpit. The door is always locked and protected with CTV.
Just heard on BBC that the fighter jets are there in case of another 911. They would shoot the plane down before it could be used in any attack. One problem is the number of lives lost on the ground. I assume that an attempt would be made to divert to a less densely populated area. Scenarios like this will be well rehearsed many times.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

On a couple of recent flights, I've seen the flight crew entering the keypad codes for the cockpit. They didn't make any attempt to hide the numbers they were pressing and I'm pretty sure I could have got in the cockpit.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

There is many a firm that the employees do not hide the pressing of the codes, when customer(s) or contractor(s) alike are present
I have told a few of my business clients about this & now they make sure their employees cover over the keypad(s)
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

I'm with shutter to be honest, apart from showing some sort of gesture, what is the RAF pilot meant to do? - open the canopy and give the airliner a polish?
The plane (as i understand it) was already heading for manchester so there seems little the RAF could do to help it land. All seems a bit over dramatised if you ask me.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

The RAF Typhoon, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire,  is there as an "Eye in the Sky"
Hand signals between Pilots will take place.
Also, if it looks as if the Plane would be travelling off Glide Path, and possibly heading for say... Manchester, it would be shot down.
It apparently circled  for an hour, whilst Manchester Airport was made safe.
There were running social media photo's and texts from on-board throughout.
Single person taken off under armed guard.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

@7Up look at post #7
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Just heard on BBC that the fighter jets are there in case of another 911. They would shoot the plane down before it could be used in any attack. One problem is the number of lives lost on the ground. I assume that an attempt would be made to divert to a less densely populated area. Scenarios like this will be well rehearsed many times.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

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The RAF Typhoon, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire,  is there as an "Eye in the Sky"
Hand signals between Pilots will take place.
Also, if it looks as if the Plane would be travelling off Glide Path, and possibly heading for say... Manchester, it would be shot down.

Fighter Pilot would also be looking for signs of coercion, or extra people in the cockpit.
If the Airliner did move off course, the Fighter would get in front of the Airliner, "Waggle his Wings", which means follow me, and if the Airliner didn't, then it would probably be shot down.
Although only one Typhoon was seen, there would undoubtedly have been at least another nearby, or at a higher altitude.
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Re: Manchester Airport alert - flight escorted by RAF to land

Right RAF Base at last!!

The incident was triggered by a note that was passed to the pilot. He decided to contact the authorities and the fighter launched to accompany him into the airport.
The flight actually arrived ahead of its scheduled time at Manchester.