(Please note, this matter is not currently being litigated in Australia)On 5 January 2014 a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767-300 (registration HS-BKE) carrying 315 passengers, flying from Masha, Iran, to Madinah, Saudi Arabia, was forced to make a partial gear up landing on its third approach to the runway. It had received an unsafe indication for its right side main landing gear.
The aircraft came to rest on the runway tilted to one side. Reports indicate several people were injured in the resulting evacuation. The destination airport (Madinah-Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Airport) was closed for a day while the aircraft was removed, and the closure resulted in the cancellation of 120 flights.
The aircraft is a 16 year old Boeing which was leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines by its original owner, Orient Thai Airlines, in August 2013. The aircraft was previously operated by Mongolian Airlines. At this stage the cause of the landing gear failure is unknown but Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation will investigate.
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Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: January 9, 2014.