The article mentions problems with the landing gear and judging from the photo provided, it looks like the nose gear collapsed. The article also mentions that the plane was flying from UET (Quetta, Pakistan) to TUU (Tabuk, Saudi Arabia).
What I find strange is that why would an aircraft having problems with its gear retracting would continue all the way to KHI and not go back to UET? UET is approx. 320nm from KHI.
Also, it is unclear from the picture which airline is involved. I believe it must be a charter as there are no scheduled direct flights between the two airports. The aircraft looks like an MD-80 to me.
Anyone with more info please shed light on this. Which airline and aircraft type was involved. Who/What was it carrying?
SOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3992 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10704 times:
Lots of things i do not understand here.
The plane was flying from Tabook Saudi Arabia to UET that is a long way to find an airport for an emergency landing. Why not JED, RUH, DAMMAM?
A Private Saudi Airline? Never knew they exist.
A Saudi private MD80 search the web for one could not find the registration.
I am against any terrorist acts committed under the name of Islam
talhajawaid From Pakistan, joined Nov 2011, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10235 times:
Thanks for the video link
As per the video, the nose wheel failed to retract before landing at UET. The aircraft was then diverted to KHI where it made an emergency landing with its nose gear still up. The aircraft was chartered by the Governer of Tabuk and was carrying his hunting gear as well as 72 passengers.
Also, the video mentions that the aircraft belongs to Saudi Airlines, which in fact is not true. The aircraft belongs to AMC Airlines, an Egyptian charter operator.