Saudia flight diverted to Oman after fire false alarm

Flight delayed for nine hours in Omani capital after crew received fire warning
Saudia flight diverted to Oman after fire false alarm
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By Daniel Shane
Wed 24 Apr 2013 10:47 AM

A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Riyadh was diverted to Muscat after a fire false alarm, according to The Aviation Herald, resulting in a delay of nine hours.

The Boeing 777-200 craft performing flight SV-749 from Mumbai was carrying 341 passengers on board when the crew received a cargo fire indication. The relevant fire suppression system was discharged, the report said, before being diverted to the Omani capital.

The runway at Muscat was closed by emergency services for about 30 minutes while the aircraft was towed to the apron.

Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority said that emergency services found no traces of fire, heat or smoke, and determined the false alarm may have been caused by a load of fruit in the cargo compartment.

The flight was then able to continue its journey to the Saudi capital.

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