Saudi jet makes emergency landing; 29 injured

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    Saudi jet makes emergency landing; 29 injured
    AFP | Jan 05, 2014

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    A Saudi Arabian Boeing 767

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767 jet made an emergency landing in the holy city Medina on Sunday, injuring 29 people, the airline and aviation authority said.

    The Saudia aircraft was travelling from Iran's second city of Mashhad with 315 people on board, General Authority of Civil Aviation spokesman Khalid al-Khaybari told AFP.

    Of the 29 people injured, 12 were taken to hospital, "three of whom are in unstable conditions," Saudia said in a statement.

    The rest were treated at the airport, which has been closed for 24 hours for work on the runway.

    The leased Boeing 767 was being used for flights for pilgrims, the airline said, adding that it was carrying 299 passengers and 16 crew.

    Khaybari said in a statement that the rear right-side landing gear failed to drop, forcing the captain to make the emergency landing.

    Footage posted online showed the plane leaving a trail of flame along the runway as it screeched to a halt.

    http://jordantimes.com/saudi-jet-makes-emergency-landing-29-injured
     
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    There are some pictures on Aviation Herald: http://avherald.com/h?article=46e10269&opt=0

    Modern jetliners amaze me in so many ways. Even without the right main gear, the crew was able to keep the jet on the runway. The injuries (per AVHerald) occurred during the evacuation, not during the actual landing itself. Props to this crew and to Boeing.
     
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    The picture caption says B767 but look at the picture.
     
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    The odd part is that Saudia doesn't even list the 763 on their fleet page: see link.

    That said, per AVHerald, the plane was leased from Orient Thai Airlines at the end of August 2013. Maybe they just didn't update their website with the leased plane type? Aviation Safety Network is reporting the same plane type: see another link.

    It's very fuzzy...but it certainly looks like registration BS-BKE in the one picture. That also corresponds to a 763: yet another link.
     
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    What picture? The one in the first post here? Doubt that's intended to be the crashed plane.
     
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    Haha! Thanks for posting that. I totally misinterpreted gregm's post. Definitely not a 767 in the picture posted in the Jordan Times article :D
     
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    Took me a while of studying the AV Herald pics for clues that it wasn't a 767 depicted there ;)
     
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