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Fighter jet scrambled to escort passenger plane into UK's Manchester Airport

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By Laura Smith-Spark

LONDON (CNN) -- A fighter jet was scrambled Tuesday to escort a passenger plane into Britain's Manchester Airport after the pilot received information that a "possible suspicious device" was on board, police said.

The plane landed safely after being escorted by the Royal Air Force jet.

"We don't know how genuine this threat is but it is absolutely vital we deal with the situation as a full emergency," said Chief Superintendent John O'Hare of Greater Manchester Police.

"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."

A passenger on the plane, Josh Hartley, posted a video to Instagram showing a fighter jet flying alongside the aircraft, filmed through the plane window.

Posting on Twitter, he said that emergency services were on the landing strip and that armed police were outside the plane.

The UK Ministry of Defence has not yet confirmed to CNN why the flight was escorted in by a military jet.

Manchester Airport is an international airport serving the north of England and handling more than 20 million passengers a year.
   
 CNN's Elaine Ly and Carol Jordan contributed to this report.
   
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