SAA plane experiences wheel system failure during landing

January 5, 2014

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced that 29 passengers were injured when a Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) plane traveling from Mashhad, Iran suffered a technical malfunction while landing at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah today. The Boeing 763 was carrying 315 passengers.

GACA spokesman Khaled bin Abdullah Khaybari reported that at 4:14 am local time, Saudia Flight 2841 experienced a failure of the right rear wheel system and was forced to land without lowering those wheels. After the pilot notified the control tower of the problem, the runway was prepared for the emergency landing and fire and rescue teams were assembled. The plane was able to land, but during the evacuation process a stampede broke out, injuring 29 passengers. While 11 of the victims were transferred to the hospital, 18 suffered minor injuries and were treated at the airport’s health center.

Khaybari noted that the GACA will carry out an investigation into the incident.