Qatar Airways A350 nearly suffers ‘mid-air collision’

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 came close to colliding with a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 over Iranian airspace earlier this year.

QTR8RF, registered A7-ANO (c/n 368), was cruising at 34,000ft on a flight between the carrier’s base at Hamad International Airport and Los Angeles International, while CPN6984 was re-climbing to 33,000ft.

Qatar A350 A7-ANO
A7-ANO (c/n 368) first flew on February 11, 2020 and was delivered to the airline in October that year. Wikimedia Commons/Bidgee

According to a safety report by Iran’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), due to “alternate longitudinal trim motor control relays malfunction[s]”, the MD-83 – registered EP-CAS (c/n 53623) – continued climbing 400 feet higher than its cleared level of 33,000ft.

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