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Last updated: 20 February 2019
Date:Monday 21 May 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-243
Operating for:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Leased from:Onur Air
Registration: TC-OCH
C/n / msn: 437
First flight: 2001-11-07 (16 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED/OEMA), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Dhaka-Shahjalal International Airport (DAC/VGHS), Bangladesh
Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 3818 diverted to Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia after suffering issues with the nose landing gear.
The aircraft, an Airbus A330-200, took off from Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport, Saudi Arabia, at 17:25 (14:25 UTC) on a flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh. The flight had just reached FL370 in the climb when the flight crew decided to turn back. The aircraft then changed course towards Jeddah. The aircraft circled in the vicinity of Jeddah and carried out two low passes over runway 16C until it landed on runway 34R at 21:49 hours local time with the nose landing gear retracted.


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Distance from Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport to Dhaka-Shahjalal International Airport as the crow flies is 5081 km (3175 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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