Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on 21 May diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to SAUDIA.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The SAUDIA ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 19:30 hours Jeddah local time on 22 May.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was the Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
SAUDIA thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdulaziz International airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event.
The flight arrived Dhaka at 04:48 Dhaka time on Wednesday 23 May where they were met by the SAUDIA Country Manager and the station staff.