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29 passengers hurt after Saudia plane crash lands

Saudi authorities say Boeing plane suffered technical malfunction when landing at Madinah Airport

29 passengers hurt after Saudia plane crash lands
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Twenty nine people were injured when a Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Boeing aircraft made an emergency landing at Madinah airport in the west of the country early on Sunday, the General Authority of Civil Aviation said.

It said 18 of the injured were treated at the airport while 11 were taken to hospital. A spokesman for Saudi Arabian Airlines, who did not give his name, said three people were seriously injured.

The flight, arriving from Mashhad in Iran before dawn, was carrying 315 passengers and suffered a technical malfunction, the authority said. It said the pilot had reported a problem with a rear wheel.

A witness at Madinah airport, speaking anonymously because he was not authorised to talk to media, said the plane landed after making two unsuccessful attempts.

The Saudia spokesman said the plane was leased from another company.

"Boeing is aware of reports of the accident and is gathering more information," the company said.

Photographs and video footage posted online showed the plane on the runway with damage to its right wing. The Saudia spokesman verified the authenticity of the images.

State-owned Saudia is the national carrier of Saudi Arabia. It is in the process of splitting into different units that will eventually be partly privatised.

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Loyal Arab 5 years ago

Shame on you Saudi Arabia. You are the wealthiest country in the Gulf yet the worst.

Wael A. Al Mandil 5 years ago

TO LOYAL AREABS RESPECT YOUR SELF I THINK ITS HAPPENED IN EVERY WHERE IN THE WORLD EVEN IN EMIRATES OK

Zamil 5 years ago

This is racist comment it should be removed.

Loyal 5 years ago

Have you ever visited Saudi Arabia? It looks like and feels like a third world country. Yet, it earns over $ 300 billion in oil revenues every year!!

robert 5 years ago

Air accidents, fortunately very rare, can happen anywhere.
In this case the airliner was a 767 leased from Orient Thai Airlines to Saudia for charter work.
The right wing landing gear would not descend and lock. The crew appear to have done an oustanding job landing on the nose and left wing landing gear only and keeping the airplane intact and on the runway. Most of the injuries appear to be from the evacuation.
This is one of those incidents where people should be grateful for the crew's training and for the strength of those old Boeing 767s.

Ahmad 5 years ago

air accidents are extremely rare but may happen anywhere any place and in any airline. These extreme rare happenings are sad for everyone and not a matter of ridicule or criticism. Not really constructive

Amer 5 years ago

I am really offended by the comment from this Loyal Arab and I am not even a Saudi !! Air accidents have happened everywhere in the world, should I give you a list of the accidents that have happened in western and developed countries in the last few years?