Qatar Airways Dreamliner came within 800 FEET of the ocean after descending after take off from Doha
Qatar Airways launches investigation after one of its Boeing Dreamliners plummeted and was SECONDS from hitting the water after takeoff from Doha
- The 787-8 left Doha at 02:00 on January 10, bound for Copenhagen.
- The Dreamliner climbed to 1,800 feet, but then lost 1,000 feet in 24 seconds
- The pilot ‘lost situational awareness’ and the flaps speed limit was exceeded
Qatar Airways has launched an internal investigation after one of its Boeing Dreamliners fell into the water seconds after taking off from Hamad International Airport, the airline’s hub in Doha.
The 787-8, registration A7-BCO, left Doha at 02:00 on January 10 (23:00 GMT on January 9), bound for Copenhagen.
After taking off, the Dreamliner, with the first officer in command, climbed to about 1,800 feet, but then lost 1,000 feet in 24 seconds for unknown reasons, according to the report. Herald A.V..
With the plane descending at a speed of 50 feet per second, the captain took over and lifted the plane to 800 feet, or 16 seconds, over the Persian Gulf, the publication reported.
According to the information received, the co-pilot was flying manually without instructions from the ‘flight director’. This is a computer generated marker on the main flight screen (showing the horizon) that guides pilots along the correct flight path.
Qatar Airways has launched an internal investigation after one of its Boeing Dreamliners fell into the water seconds after taking off from Hamad International Airport (file image)
The copilot apparently “lost situational awareness” and the aircraft descended so fast that it “exceeded the flaps speed limit.”
Once the captain regained control, the aircraft, operating flight QR161, continued to Copenhagen, where it landed safely six hours after leaving Doha.
Qatar Airways told MailOnline Travel the incident was reported to the authorities “immediately”.
A statement from the airline said: ‘Qatar Airways is aware of an event relating to flight QR161 operating Doha to Copenhagen on January 10, 2023. The authorities were immediately informed and an internal investigation is underway.
“The airline follows the strictest safety, training and reporting standards and is working to address any findings in accordance with industry standards.”
Last year, Qatar Airways was named the world’s best airline for the seventh consecutive year at the ‘Oscars of Aviation’.
The airline reigned supreme over 350 airlines at the 2022 Skytrax World Airline Awards, with Singapore Airlines coming second and Emirates third.
The 787-8 left Doha (above, file image) at 2am on January 10, bound for Copenhagen. After leaving the ground, the Dreamliner climbed to around 1,800 feet, but then lost 1,000 feet in 24 seconds for unknown reasons.