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This plane that was escorted into Manchester airport

(11 Posts)
IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 05-Aug-14 21:56:55

BBC link

Forgive my ignorance, but what was the purpose of the military jet? How could it have helped?

The3Bears Tue 05-Aug-14 22:00:56

Apparently to shoot the plane down had there been a bomb on it, over somewhere quiet or the sea.

Arion Tue 05-Aug-14 22:01:49

I would imagine it is there to shoot the plane down if it posed a threat (like the 9/11 planes were used as weapons).

The3Bears Tue 05-Aug-14 22:02:05

This is what I was told so hope I'm correct, I actually saw the plane and jet as live v near Manchester airport.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 05-Aug-14 22:02:26

Ah, they'd have instructed the pilot to ch age the route to a less populated area?


QueenOfThorns Tue 05-Aug-14 22:06:31

Yes, I always assumed it was to shoot them down if they had no choice sad

I saw/heard it, too. I was trying to get DD out of the car into the house without waking her up and had to wait until it had gone. Very, very loud and a bit scary because the clouds were thick and I didn't see the jet for a while. It must have gone right over me at one point.

moldingsunbeams Tue 05-Aug-14 22:06:51

You know what gets me, both of these cases recently (there was one last week in US I think it was) they left the plane on the tarmac for hours until armed police got there. On the Manchester one they did not say why but on US one they did.

I fully get why but I do not want to be kept on any bloody plane on the ground which might have a bomb on it for hours with my children.

I would want off!!!

Terrified of flying and flying from Manchester soon.

moldingsunbeams Tue 05-Aug-14 22:08:54

I know that is irrational and they have to do their jobs btw

The3Bears Tue 05-Aug-14 22:09:25

I have to admit I'm so glad we've already been on our annual summer holiday in June as with all these plane stories on the news there is no way I could get on one atm (already scared of flying anyway) sad

littleducks Tue 05-Aug-14 22:10:43

All very worrying recently. I'm still concerned that they don't know where that Malaysia Airways plane is either.

Who the hell makes that shit up, if it was a hoax? It says the pilot was passed a note. Beyond belief. (Although there are few details so far, to be fair.)

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