Saudi jet makes emergency landing, 29 injured


A Saudi aircraft made an emergency landing in Medina on Sunday, injuring 29 passengers, according to General Authority of Civil Aviation spokesman Khalid al-Khaybari.

Khaybari told a foreign news agency that the Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767 was travelling from Mashhad, Iran with 315 passengers on board. When the plane was close to land, its rear right-side landing gear failed to drop, forcing the captain to make the emergency landing.

Of the 29 people injured, 12 were taken to hospital, “three of whom are in unstable conditions,” authorities said in a statement. The rest were given medical treatment at the airport.

An online footage of the landing showed the plane leaving a trail of flame along the runway as it screeched to a halt.

The airport has been closed for 24 hours for work on the runway.