BREAKING NEWS: Qatar Airways flight from New York to Doha forced to divert to Manchester Airport due to 'disruptive passenger'
- Flight from New York to Doha has been forced to divert to Manchester
- Officials said it diverted because of a 'disruptive passenger' on board
- Boeing 777 has already completed more than half of its journey to Doha
- Police and airport officials met the Qatar Airways plane on the tarmac
A plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Manchester Airport this morning because of a 'disruptive passenger' on board.
The New York to Doha flight had already completed about half of its journey but will now be delayed after being forced to land.
Officials at Manchester Airport were notified of the problem about half an hour before the
plane landed at about 9am today and met the Boeing 777 on the tarmac with police.
A Qatar Airways flight from New York to Doha has been forced to land at Manchester Airport this morning because of a disruptive
passenger on board. Police and officials are preparing to meet the plane
A spokesman for the airport said: 'There is a disruptive passenger on board this flight and because of this the plane is making a stop at Manchester.
'As well as handling agents Greater Manchester Police will also be there to meet the plane before it sets off again.'
The spokesman said pilots of the QR702 flight had not declared an emergency but had said they needed to land with the passenger.
The flight took off from New York at around 9.45pm local time last night (around 2.45am BST) and was due to land in Doha at around 5pm (2pm BST) - but will now be significantly delayed.
Passengers on board have already completed more than half of their 13 hour journey.
The Qatar airways flight was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Manchester Airport this morning