Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

UAE says Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

Qatar denied on Monday that its military planes intercepted a civilian aircraft from the UAE the day before, state news agency QNA reported.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, said that Qatari fighter jets flew dangerously close to the Emirati aircraft, less than 700 feet, while passing through the Bahraini airspace.

The fighter jets came within "a few seconds" of hitting the civilian plane at around 12;00pm, forcing the pilot to make a "quick manoeuvre to get away and avoid collision", the GCCA said.

Sunday's incident is not the first time the UAE has accused Qatar's military of intercepting its civilian aircraft.

"These aggressive actions by Qatar against UAE civilian aircrafts are considered as deliberate violations of worldwide covenants and conventions governing civil aviation and are a threat to the safety of civil aviation".


Bahrain's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Sunday condemned the interception of an Emirati civilian aircraft "Airbus 320" by Qatari fighter jets.

"The ministry reiterates that these provocative and repeated acts represent a threat to passengers and endangers their lives", said Bahrain's statement.

"The Ministry reiterates that these provocative and repeated acts, which the State of Qatar bears responsibility for, represent a threat to passengers and endangers their lives.it also threatens the safety of civil aviation and is a serious violation of relevant global laws and conventions".

Relations between Qatar and its neighbours have been tense since Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in 2017 severed diplomatic ties with Doha and imposed an economic blockade that included closing airspace.

UAE had filed a detailed complaint as per Article No. 54 of the Chicago Convention, which takes into account the national interests of member states of the ICAO.

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