Twenty-nine injured in Saudia emergency landing

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Saudi Arabian Airlines has confirmed that 29 passengers were injured during an emergency landing of a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft in Madinah in the early hours of 5 January.

The aircraft, registered HS-BKE and operated by Orient Thai Airlines, was operating a flight from Mashhad in Iran to Prince Mohammed International Airport in Madinah with 299 passengers and 16 crew on board.

During landing, there was a technical fault with the aircraft’s landing gear, a Saudia statement says. Reports say that the crew received an indication that the right main gear could not be extended. After they were unable to resolve the problem, they chose to land with only the nose and left main gear available.

Photos of the accident show that the aircraft came to rest on its right hand engine and the left landing gear on the runway. They also show that emergency slides were deployed for the subsequent evacuation.

The airline says that 29 passengers were injured as a result of the accident and 12 are receiving treatment in hospital for their injuries.

The airport at Madinah was also closed for 24h following the accident.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that the Rolls Royce RB211-powered 767 was originally delivered in 1997 to China Yunnan Airlines, and in 2011 was purchased by ALC. Orient Thai then leased it in August 2013, before it was wet leased to Saudia in September 2013.