Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sparks fly as A330 aircraft lands without nose gear

An Onur Air Airbus A330 (https://www.onurair.com/en/)  in the colours of Saudi Arabian Airlines has diverted to Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN) in Saudi Arabia after suffering issues with the nose landing gear.
The aircraft, with the flight number SV 3818,  took off from Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED/OEMA) Saudi Arabia at 17:25 local time bound for Dhaka-Shahjalal International Airport (DAC/VGHS) Bangladesh. The flight had just reached FL370 and was about 200nm northeast of Madinah when the flight crew decided to turn back. The pilots decided to divert to Jeddah and the aircraft then circled in the vicinity of Jeddah and carried out two low passes over the airport. The aircraft descended down to about 1000 feet AMSL on first approach. It then entered a hold for about one hour while working the checklists, the pilots then performed another low approach to Jeddah and subsequently positioned for a full stop landing without nose gear. The aircraft landed on Jeddah's runway 34R at 21.49 local time (about 4.5 hours after departure from Madinah) and skidded down the runway on the aircraft's nose producing sparks, smoke and fire before it came to a halt on the runway.
The aircraft was evacuated. No injuries are being reported, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

Aircraft Information
Airline: Saudi Arabian Airlines
Aircraft Type: A330-243
Registration: TC-OCH
Serial Number: 437
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60
First Flew: 7th November 2001
Age: 16 Yrs - 5 Mths
Test Registration: F-WWYI


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