Qatari fighters accused of endangering A320


"The Airbus, arriving from Dammam airport to Abu Dhabi, was carrying dozens of passengers while flying over worldwide waters on the global air corridor in the Bahrain flight information region, flying in a well-known track and fulfilling all necessary procedures, " the Ministry said.

The UAE passenger aircraft was following a scheduled flight path.The flight had met all requirements and the plane was flying at an altitude of 25,000 feet above the global waters, Route UN318 within Bahrain Flight Information Region, the Civil Aviation said.

In a statement to state news agency WAM, the emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said Qatar's fighters followed a civilian aircraft with 86 passengers on board on a scheduled trip to Bahrain.

According to the Qatari civil aviation authority, the route of the UAE military aircraft, that entered Qatari airspace, was close to that of the UAE civil aircraft.

The UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation also confirmed the incident.

The UAE alleged that "Qatari fighter jets flew very close to the Emirati aircraft, less than 700 feet (210 meters), leaving just a few seconds to the captain to maneuver". In particular, these countries closed their airspace to Qatari planes.

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

"The threat of passenger safety in any way is unacceptable".

The report comes weeks after the GCAA filed a formal complaint about repeated incidents where Qatari fighter jets intercepted Emirati civilian aircraft.

In March, Doha complained to the United Nations about an incident, in which a UAE vessel had hijacked a Qatari fishing boat with eight crewmen.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, accuse Qatar of supporting regional foe Iran as well as Islamist extremists.

"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".