All passengers and crew disembarked as normal, the Gulf airline said in a statement.
“Qatar Airways can confirm that today’s QR240 from Istanbul Atatürk airport to Doha has returned to Istanbul and has landed safely,” the carrier said in a statement.
Aviation officials told AFP the incident was caused by a suspected bird strike that caused one of its engines to catch fire.
The spokeswoman could not confirm a report by broadcaster CNN Turk that one of the plane’s engines caught fire.
The pilot,Capt. Albert Barney Abuga, followed all proper safety procedures, Qatar Airways said.
The Airbus A330, was carrying 298 passengers and 14 crew, according to the airline.
Qatar Airways is one of the biggest carriers in the Middle East.
The pilot who achieved this feat, Capt. Albert Barney Abuga is a Ghanaian Pilot, a product of St. Augustine’s College from 1975 to 1977 coming from St. John Secondary School where he had his O’ level.
He was trained and flew with Ghana Airways and left to join Singapore Airlines and on to others airlines. He has over 30 years experience as a pilot.