Manchester United's Flight Back from US Tour Delayed by Airport Threat

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 5, 2014


Manchester United's trip home from their pre-season tour of the U.S. was briefly diverted by a security threat.

A passenger plane was escorted into Manchester Airport by a fighter jet after a request from the pilot (as per Jessica Best of the Daily Mirror). Meanwhile, United's plane was in the final stretch of the journey back from Miami.

United photographer Craig Norwood, following the flight's route back, noted that they had been diverted by the incident.

But the delay was short. The Qatar Airways plane landed, and the airport returned to normalcy:

Manchester United squad and staff on approach into Manchester after runway re-opened after previous terror threat.

— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) August 5, 2014


— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) August 5, 2014

United had won the final of the International Challenge Cup with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Miami, Florida.

Home sweet home. Miami to Manchester complete. #mufc have arrived back in the UK.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 5, 2014