Qatar Airways flight from Miami to Doha makes emergency landing

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With reporting from Victoria Scott

A Qatar Airways flight traveling from Miami to Doha was forced to make an emergency landing in Zurich this afternoon, after an onboard alert was reportedly triggered.

QR778 landed at the Swiss airport shortly after 12:30pm Qatar time, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft was around five hours from its Doha destination when it made the landing.

Emergency vehicles reportedly arrived on the runway shortly afterwards.

In a statement to Doha News, Qatar Airways said the plane was diverted over a “technical issue.” It added:

“Early indications point to a cooling fan malfunction. The aircraft landed safely and all passengers are being cared for while a replacement aircraft is dispatched from Doha. Safety and security are Qatar Airways’ highest priorities.”

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