Qatar Air Dreamliner makes emergency landing after fire
A Qatar Airways Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner operating flight QR-841 from Phuket (Thailand) to Doha (Qatar) with 202 people on board, was forced to make an emergency landing Friday, reportedly due to a fire.
The plane was 200 nautical miles from Colombo (Sri Lanka) over the Indian Ocean, when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and were to Colombo. The aircraft landed safely at the Sri Lankan capital’s international airport.
Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority reported there had been a fire on board, but Qatar Airways has not confirmed or denied these reports.
The aircraft remained on the ground for 8.5 hours, then continued the journey and reached Doha safely.
The incident comes just days after Qatar Airways conducted its annual ‘Delta Oryx 2017’ training exercise, an operation that simulates an airliner crash off the coast of the country to test the airline’s ability to respond to such an emergency.
‘Delta Oryx 2017’ involved the coordination of more than 28 government agencies, stakeholders and partners, including Hamad International Airport, Qatar Coastguard, Internal Security Forces, Qatar Navy and the Qatar Emiri Air Force. ‘
It also incorporated the use of a 30-seater mock aircraft, two Qatar Airways aircraft chutes, 170 volunteer passengers, 60 volunteer family members and friends, 39 dummies to display casualties, 40 ambulance response vehicles, three military helicopters, five airport safety and security vehicles and 10 Mowasalat buses.