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EgyptAir flight from Riyadh to Cairo makes emergency landing

All emergency crew at the airport were put on alert

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An EgyptAir plane flying from King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh to Cairo made an emergency landing at Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah after cracks appeared on the aircraft’s windshield, the Saudi Gazette reported on Saturday.

Khaled Ibrahim Owaidha, general manager of human resources and spokesman of Taiba Company for Airport Operations, the commercial operator of Madinah airport, said the plane’s windshield cracked, forcing the pilot to request an emergency landing.

All emergency crew at the airport were put on alert. Red Crescent teams were summoned and five paramedic teams were on standby. The plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.

An official at Egypt Air confirmed the report saying that flight number 564 made the emergency landing at 8.05 pm (local time), according to the Cairo-based news website Youm7.

The official, who was not named, said that another similar aircraft was sent to Madinah airport on Friday morning to transport the passengers to their final destination.

He also said that the damaged plane had been sent back to Cairo.