ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 767-3W0ER HS-BKE Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 5 January 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic B763 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 767-3W0ER
Operating for:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Leased from:Orient Thai Airlines
Registration: HS-BKE
MSN: 28264/644
First flight: 1997-01-15 (17 years)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce RB211-524H
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 299
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 315
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mashhad-Shahid Hashemi Nejad Airport (MHD/OIMM), Iran
Destination airport:Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED/OEMA), Saudi Arabia
A Boeing 767-300 operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines was damaged in a landing accident at Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED), Saudi Arabia.
When preparing for landing in MED, the flight crew lowered the landing gear but the right main landing gear did not lower into the extended position. The flight crew notified the MED Air Traffic Control Tower of the discrepancy. The flight crew attempted to use the alternate procedure to lower the right main landing gear without success. The flight crew eventually landed the aircraft with the right main landing gear in the retracted position. The aircraft made a smooth touch down, slowing until the right engine nacelle contacted the runway. The aircraft remained under control during the landing with no injuries to the aircraft occupants. During the evacuation of the aircraft, fourteen passengers received minor injuries and three passengers were seriously injured while sliding down the L-1 slide.

Probable Cause:

1. A foreign air carrier, the C-11 maintenance check provider, did not identify the number 1 or number 7 brake assemblies having eroded safety wire holes in the lock bolts installed on the brake rod retaining pin when performing a C-11 maintenance check.
2. All lock bolts installed on the brake rod retaining bolts should have been identified and evaluated for serviceability and replaced as necessary.
3. Orient Thai did not identify eroded safety wire holes in the lock bolts during the performance of maintenance activities including, brake replacement tasks, daily checks, and transit checks.
4. The accident was precipitated by the loss of two lock bolts that were not (or were not able to be) safety wired in place. Safety wiring the lock bolts would have prevented the right main landing gear brake rod retaining bolt from loosening and falling away from the pin.

Gear-up landing
Runway mishap

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Distance from Mashhad-Shahid Hashemi Nejad Airport to Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport as the crow flies is 2289 km (1430 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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