By Staff writer
Aircraft landed safely and arrangements now being made for passengers' onward journey to Sharjah
An Air Arabia flight from Taif to Sharjah was forced to divert to Riyadh after the smoke detector went off in the cargo compartment of the aircraft.
The aircraft landed safely at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and all passengers and crew were safely evacuated. Following an inspection of the cargo area, no fire was detected on the aircraft, a spokesperson for the airline said.
Arrangements are now being made for passengers to continue their journey to Sharjah, the spokesperson added.
“Air Arabia flight G9185 bound for Taif (KSA) from Sharjah today (March 17, 2016) was diverted to King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh after the smoke indicator was detected in the cargo compartment,” the spokesperson said.
“As a precautionary measure and in keeping with safety standards, flight crew diverted the flight and all passengers and crew were safely evacuated on landing at King Khalid International Airport. On inspection of the aircraft, there was no fire detected. We regret any inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew remains Air Arabia’s highest priority. All necessary arrangements are being made for our customers to continue their journey.”For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.