A Saudi Arabian Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing at King Abdul Aziz airport in Jeddah after suffering a malfunction with the front landing gear.
The airplane, Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV3818, was initially travelling to Dhaka from Medinah had to be diverted to Jeddah.
The airplane had reportedly circled Jeddah for several hours until it was able to land on a runway at the airport at 10 pm local time.
An official spokesman of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Eng. Abdulrahman al-Tayeb, said that at around 8:00 pm local time Monday night, the Airbus A330 flight No. SV3818 took off from Medina headed for Dhaka Airport in Bangladesh. Sometime after takeoff, a defect in the hydraulic system was noticed and a decision was made to divert the plane to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
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“When the landing attempt was made, the front wheels could not be lowered. After several attempts, they decided to land without taking down the front wheels after taking all necessary precautions. The plane landed safely and the 141 guests took off the plane with the 10 crew members,” the spokesperson added.