Qatar Airways terrifying flight demonstration fail

Caity Stone

What was meant to be a luxurious demonstration of Qatar Airways’ latest route from the US to the Middle East quickly turned into a terrifying test run as the plane was forced to come to a screeching halt on the runway at JFK.

Horrifying footage has surfaced showing the moment the incident occurred on the Airbus A350 sending passengers on the luxury aircraft lurching forward in their seats.

Passengers were left visibly left shaken and some wanted to get off the plane immediately as they tried to understand why the plane had made the unscheduled stop.

Footage from inside the cabin of passengers on the plane during the terrifying event. Source: Supplied.
Footage from inside the cabin of passengers on the plane during the terrifying event. Source: Supplied.

The doomed flight has been deemed a PR disaster as the plane was filled with journalists who were aboard for the landmark journey.

The terrifying footage was captured by Zach Honig, editor-in-chief of travel website The Points Guy who filmed from inside the cabin.

An image of the inflight entertainment system during the incident. Source: Supplied.
An image of the inflight entertainment system during the incident. Source: Supplied.
Terrified passengers were captured on the footage peering out the plane windows. Source: Supplied.
Terrified passengers were captured on the footage peering out the plane windows. Source: Supplied.

The footage shows a Qatar stewardess telling Honig to stop filming and then asks passengers to remain in their seats, reassuring them that "everything is fine".

The moment the journalist was ordered to stop filming. Source: Supplied.
The moment the journalist was ordered to stop filming. Source: Supplied.
The calm before the storm. A photo of journalist Zach Honig before the incident. Source: Supplied.
The calm before the storm. A photo of journalist Zach Honig before the incident. Source: Supplied.
Honig took this image of the interior of the plane upon his arrival. Source: Supplied.
Honig took this image of the interior of the plane upon his arrival. Source: Supplied.

Honing wrote that the enormous aircraft "self-aborted" and slowed from more than 160km/h to "a loud, screeching halt in roughly 15 seconds".

"To give you another idea of how abruptly we stopped... nearly all of the 200+ pillows and blankets landed on the floor, having previously been neatly arranged on each seat in economy," he wrote.

The aftermath showing pillows and blankets that were tossed to the floor following the violent stop. Source: Supplied.
The aftermath showing pillows and blankets that were tossed to the floor following the violent stop. Source: Supplied.
The A350 parked at JFK airport in New York. Source: Supplied.
The A350 parked at JFK airport in New York. Source: Supplied.
The excited journalist had earlier posted onto social media a picture of his boarding pass. Source: Supplied.
The excited journalist had earlier posted onto social media a picture of his boarding pass. Source: Supplied.

The journalist said nobody was injured but a number of passengers were understandably "quite shaken" following the incident.

Honing wrote that the Airbus's computers had deemed the 11,000-foot runway "too short" and applied the brakes automatically activated.

Shortly after the plane successfully took off from another runway and made the journey without incident.

Qatar recently added this image onto social media showing potential customers different routes from the US. Source: Twitter.
Qatar recently added this image onto social media showing potential customers different routes from the US. Source: Twitter.

Yahoo7 has reached out to Qatar Airlines for comment.

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