Qatari fighters accused of endangering A320

  • Qatari fighters accused of endangering A320

Qatari fighters accused of endangering A320

News agency WAM reported that the aircraft, with 86 passengers on board on the scheduled flight, was flying over Bahraini airspace at 12pm today (Sunday) when the fighter jets approached it "in a unsafe manner".

The Bahrain News Agency said the flight, identified as Etihad flight ETD88, met all requirements and the aircraft, identified Etihad Flight ETD88, was traveling at an altitude of 25,000 feet above the worldwide waters within Bahrain Flight Information Region (FIR).

The United Arab Emirates said Qatari fighter planes intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers to Bahrain on Sunday, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

As stated by the Qatari Civil Aviation Authority, the military planes were on a routine flight when a UAE military aircraft entered Qatar's airspace without permission in the same area as the UAE civilian plane.

"The Qatari fighters pursued the UAE civil aircraft and approaching it, reducing the horizontal distance to less than two miles and the vertical to 700 feet, leaving a few seconds before the collision of the aircraft", according to the statement.

The civilian aircraft was on a scheduled flight after obtaining all the necessary approvals as per the worldwide regulations, procedures and agreements.

The GCAA said it would once again file a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regarding this infringement.

The UAE and Qatar also clashed in January over the interception of civilian aircraft by Qatari fighters.

Sunday's intercept is the latest in a series of mid-air incidents since the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar amid claims it had supported Iran, as well as other Islamic militants.