A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 had to divert to Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia last night (21 May) after suffering issues with the nose landing gear and had to make an emergency landing.
Reports on Twitter said the aircraft landed at Jeddah last night at 21:49 (local time) and it had hydraulic failures and landed without nose gear after it failed to extend.
The A330 aircraft (not the one picuted) had taken off from Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Saudi Arabia, at 17:25h (local time) on a flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh.
According to the Aviation Safety Network flight number SV3818 had just reached FL370 in the climb when the flight crew decided to turn back and the aircraft then changed course towards Jeddah.
The aircraft reportedly circled in the vicinity of Jeddah and carried out two low passes over runway 16C until it landed on runway 34R at 21:49h (local time) with the nose landing gear retracted.
The A330 was 16 years and seven months old and leased from Onur Air, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
No one was injured in the incident. All passengers and crew were evacuated on the runway.