The pilot of a Qatar Airways aircraft from Doha, Qatar, to Copenhagen, Denmark, lost situational awareness and the plane almost crashed into the water.
It should be noted that a Boeing 787-8 was involved in the incident as it was performing flight QR-161.
On January 10, a plane with the registration A7-BCO was involved in an incident. However, it wasn’t reported to the authorities until it just came to light.
It was evening when the flight took off from Doha, and the aircraft climbed to a height of around 1800 feet before beginning a fast descent that took about 24 seconds and a loss of height of roughly 1000 feet.
When the aircraft was cleared directly to that waypoint at a height of roughly 1600 feet, the first officer made an effort to turn in that direction while flying manually and without the flight director instructions (the captain was delayed to enter the Direct into the FMS).
But before the captain regained control and the aircraft recovered around 800 feet above the sea, the first officer lost situational awareness, the aircraft dropped at a speed that was faster than the permitted flap speed, and it reached a sink rate of 3000 fpm.
The aeroplane began to drop at a height of 1850 feet and descended to 850 feet 24 seconds later. The aircraft then temporarily levelled out before restarting its ascent once the pilot regained control, according to ADS-B data.
It should be mentioned that following this, the plane arrived in Denmark without incident and all of the passengers were safe.
The airline claimed that they are aware of an incident with QR-161 that happened on January 10, 2023. The incident has already been reported to the police, and the airline is also launching an internal investigation.
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