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Qatar Airways Statement On Incident

Following an incident onboard Qatar Airways flight 401 from Amman to Doha today (August 10), a male passenger was restrained by passengers and cabin crew before the aircraft returned safely to the Jordanian capital.

The incident happened shortly after take off from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman early this evening (August 10).

A passenger, an Eritrean national aged 22, tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Airbus A300-600 aircraft which was carrying 12 crew members and 267 passengers.

A Qatar Airways male cabin crew member overpowered him and with the assistance of three passengers restrained the man before the aircraft landed safely in Amman. The man was handed over to the Jordanian police authorities on arrival in Amman.

Flight QR 401 had departed Queen Alia International Airport at 1633 hrs (Jordanian local time) and was scheduled to arrive at Doha International Airport at 1905 hrs (Qatar local time).

No one was hurt in the incident. Qatar Airways regards the safety of its passengers and crew with the utmost importance. Full security checks are being carried out by Qatar Airways, which is working closely with local police and airport authorities in Amman. Flight QR401 is expected to depart for Doha later this evening once the airline and officials in Amman are fully satisfied the aircraft is safe to take-off.

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

Qatar Airways Corporate Communications
Tel: +974 4496956, Fax: +974 4620132
E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

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