“Substantial” damage for Qatar Airways plane after collision

Boeing 777-300 struck a runway’s lighting system in Miami, resulting in damage to its underside
“Substantial” damage for Qatar Airways plane after collision
By Staff writer
Sun 20 Sep 2015 11:37 AM

A Qatar Airways aircraft suffered “substantial” damage after hitting a runway’s lighting system during take-off in Miami, according to a US government report.

The Boeing 777-300, whose registration number is A7-BAC, was able to continue its flight to Doha on 15 September “without incident”, said the report, despite the damage to the underside of the vehicle.

The report, published by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said that the aircraft struck the Approach Lighting System – a series of masts located 60 meters beyond the end of the runway.

Only six metres off the ground, the lights are normally out of reach of planes passing at an altitude of several hundred feet, but on this occasion the Boeing’s underbelly was low enough to strike the masts.

The airport published a notice to airmen (NOTAM) saying that the lighting system on that runway would be out of service for a month.

For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.