Qatari fighter jets intercept UAE passenger plane By

Frederick Owens
April 25, 2018

The UAE has again accused Qatari fighter jets of flying dangerously close to one of its civilian aircraft.

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 worldwide waters, Route UN318 within Bahrain Flight Information Region, the Civil Aviation said.

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.

Doha's reaction comes a day after the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the UAE reported that on Sunday at 10:50 local time (06:50 GMT) a Qatari fighter intercepted a passenger aircraft heading for Bahrain.

The news agency said the fighter jets pursued the Emirati aircraft until it was a distance of two miles horizontally and 700 feet vertically away.

"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 worldwide laws and conventions".

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Qatar denied the claim in a statement by its civil aviation authority saying the UAE was trying to cover up for its own violations of Qatari airspace.

In January Qatari fighter jets intercepted two Emirates aircraft.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, have imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar since last June, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

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.

Following the incident, the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation said that it will file a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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