Riyadh, May 22 (AFP): A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 jet made an emergency landing in the western Red Sea city of Jeddah, injuring 53 people, aviation officials said today. Also Read - Tamil Director Raj Kapoor's Son Sharook Kapoor Passes Away at 23 in Mecca
The Saudia aircraft was travelling from the Muslim holy city of Medina to Dhaka with 151 people on board, but had to be diverted to Jeddah late yesterday after it suffered a malfunction in the hydraulic system, the kingdom’s Aviation Investigation Bureau said. Also Read - Punjab Bypolls Results 2019: Congress Wins 3 Seats Out of 4, SAD Bags One
Footage posted online showed the plane leaving a trail of flame along the runway as it skidded on its nose before screeching to a halt. Also Read - At Least 12,000 Dengue Patients Hospitalised Across Bangladesh
“The passengers were evacuated by emergency slides. 52 of them were slightly injured, while one female passenger suffered a fracture during the evacuation and is now receiving treatment,” AIB said in a statement.
“AIB has launched an investigation into this accident.” The aircraft circled over Jeddah for several hours as its landing gear failed to drop, forcing the captain to make the emergency landing, Saudi media reported.
In a similar incident in January 2014, a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767 jet made an emergency landing in Medina, injuring 29 people, according to the aviation authority. (AFP) SMJ SMJ
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.