An A330-200 of Saudi Arabian Airlines carried out an emergency landing in King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on May 21, 2018, resulting to 53 passengers being injured. The plane was forced to undergo a belly landing, as the hydraulic system in its front landing gear malfunctioned. The bottom of the aircraft suffered heavy damages after its nose sank into the ground.



Flight 3818 took off from Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) in Medina, Saudi Arabia, bound for Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, but was diverted when the nose landing gear failed.

The plane was forced to fly in circles for almost four hours. During that time, the pilot tried to regain control over their failing landing gear – with no success. After two low-passes above the airport for visual evaluation of the landing gear by the control tower, it was directed to runway number 34R for an emergency landing.

The 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard proceeded to an emergency exit using the airplane slides, according to Saudi Gazette. Local news agency SPA reports that 52 passengers were treated by the airport medical teams and four were transported to a nearby health center. One passenger in particular suffered from multiple fractures.

The Airbus A330-200 registered TC-OCH is on lease by the Turkish airline Onur Air, with the pilot reported to be Turkish too.

UPDATE - 23/05/2018 : Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed to us that the aircraft was wet-leased to them and thus that the flight crew was entirely composed of Onur Air employees.