Bahrain has released footage showing radars that detected the Qatari jets as they intercepted two UAE civilian flights on Monday.
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, said that on Monday Qatar’s military aircraft intercepted two civilian UAE planes carrying a total of 277 passengers while preparing to land in Manama International Airport.
The GCAA added that both flights were in regular pre-scheduled services and they followed all standard procedures, including obtaining of necessary permissions to fly.
The first incident involved Emirates Flight EK837 while the second involved Etihad flight EY23B traveling from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Bahrain International Airport.
“The Qatari fighter jets intercepted the first plane at 10:30, while the second was intercepted at 11:05 while flying at 9,000 to 10,000 feet altitude in regular flights approved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO,” said Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA.