Qatar Airways Pilot Avoids Unexpected Balloon During Sao Paulo Landing

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 06 July 2022
Qatar Airways Pilot Avoids Unexpected Balloon During Sao Paulo Landing
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Pictures that went viral on Monday showed a Qatar Airways airplane avoiding a balloon on its final approach to Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport in Brazil.

The pilot of the 777-300 flight from Doha to Sao Paulo was ready to land at the Brazilian airport as he encountered the flying object.

Qatar Airways Pilot Avoids Unexpected Balloon During Sao Paulo Landing

Qatar Airways said in a statement that it "is aware of a situation involving one of its planes involving an unmanned balloon before landing in So Paulo on Sunday 3 July."

"The flight landed normally, with safety margins kept intact." Following the flight, the pilot submitted a report, which is now being probed by Brazilian authorities."

Rafael Freitas, who was photographing planes landing at the time of the event, informed local media that "the Boeing 777 came in a bit misaligned with the runway to miss the balloon." It pivoted to adjust its alignment after passing the balloon."

Qatar Airways Pilot Avoids Unexpected Balloon During Sao Paulo Landing

According to a passenger on board who talked to local TV, "the balloon drew the attention of all on board."

Data from flight-tracking website Flightradar24 showed the plane veered slightly to the right to avoid the airship as it headed to Guarulhos Airport.

Such balloons are illegal in Brazil, but this particular balloon was used as part of the local Festas Juninas before it took to the sky. Festas Juninas is a month of traditional celebrations that takes place at the start of the Brazilian winter in June.

While plane tracking websites indicated a tiny deviation in the plane's route, the plane landed smoothly seconds later.