Qatari fighter jets intercepted UAE plane: officials

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Qatari fighter jets intercepted UAE plane: officials

DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that Qatari fighter planes had intercepted a civilian aircraft carrying 86 passengers aboard a flight bound for Bahrain, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

The agency added that the Emirati civilian craft had to take evasive manoeuvres to avoid a collision. The Qatari jet is reported to have flown within 200 meters of the civilian aircraft.

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority said the maneuver worked just seconds before the collision of the aircrafts, endangering the lives of those on board.

“We will file a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding this infringement,” they said.

“The threat of passenger safety in any way is unacceptable. The incident is a clear repetition of the threat to the safety of civil aviation and a violation of international laws and conventions,” they added.

There was no immediate comment by Qatari officials on the accusation.