A Saudia Airbus A330-200 made an emergency landing at Jeddah's King Abdulazis International Airport last Tuesday, May 22 due to a malfunction on the front landing gear. All 141 passengers and 10 crew members were evacuated however, 50 passengers suffered minor injuries.
Saudia flight SV3818 was enroute from Madinah to Dhaka when it suffered technical issues concerning its landing gear midflight. The aircraft then had to make low passes over Jeddah before making an emergency landing with its nose gear retracted at around 10pm.
All 141 passengers were evacuated via the A330's emergency slides by the cabin crew members. All crew members are safe. Saudi Arabia's Aviation Investigation Bureau, in its initial report, said that 52 passengers suffered minor injuries.
Saudi Arabian Airlines spokesperson, Eng. Abdulrahman al-Tayebsaid that during the early stages of the flight, the pilots detected a defect at the hydraulic system and they decided to divert to JED. When the landing was made, the front wheels could not be lowered.
After making several attempts of trying to lower the nose gears, the pilots decided to land without it while taking every precaution.
The aircraft landed safely and all passengers and crew members evacuated the aircraft.