Boeing 747-281B of Fars Air Qeshm (EP-FAB) damaged in Doha, Qatar


On 17 March, the sole airworthy Boeing 747-281B of Fars Air Qeshm (EP-FAB) was damaged after cargo handling workers of Doha International Airport in Qatar, mistakenly unloaded the cargo from the nose of the aircraft first.

The scheduled flight arrives from Yerevan, Tehran after a flight of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Update: Two days after this incident the Boeing 747 (reg. EP-FAB) landed safely in Tehran after 1 hour 38 minutes flight.


  1. Cargo training seems sub standard by Qatar airways. Needs to improve training. Responsible person must be sacked/undergo for further training. Incidents and accidents must shown to their employees and discuss the root cause and search facts finding solutions.

  2. Proper training required. Proper does not mean just Cargo Loading; rather familiarizing loading crew with C. G. location and C.G. shifting.

  3. As an “old-timer”, I must ask only one (1) pertinent question:
    Why wasn’t the tailpost installed??
    I remember using a tailpost on B707 cargoes, DC10 cargoes, Dc8 cargoes, etc., etc.
    It, the tailpost, was ALWAYS the very first thing to install after engine shutdown.

    PS: I’m an FAA qualified A&P, ending my career in a maintenance manager position with a major US airline.

  4. I have ramp handled many aircraft from
    B747 to A380 of many major airlines
    Since 2002 at Heathrow . Ramp operations
    Are common sense and your learn from
    Other accidents that learn from the grape
    Wine .. never start loading or unloading
    Cargo from the front cargo hold ., on B 777
    There is a horn sound that the aircraft is going to slip on its tail but I am not aware of it on the B747.. pole using is not even
    Needed if the cargo onload and offload is
    Done probably. Look I am not even a loadmaster always rule of thump is to
    Start from the front even you have a pallet and all nil fits at the front .
    I think there has been a terrible mistake by
    The ramp crew … quote of Imam ali (as)
    Learn from your mistakes and don’t
    Do them again …Salam and fimanallah


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