Smoke in Saudia cockpit forces emergency landing
A Boeing 747-400 carrying 200 passengers bound for the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, has been forced to land after smoke was detected in the cockpit by pilots.
According to Arab News.com, the Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight SV841 was on its way from Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, when it had to make an emergency landing at Chennai airport in India.
“It was not a major problem and all passengers are safe,” said Saudia spokesman Abdullah Al-Azhar, adding that the passengers were evacuated immediately after landing.
After being thoroughly checked by engineers and technicians, the plane was certified fit to fly to its original destination.
Though no passengers were injured during the incident, it follows a spate of technical problems experienced by Saudia planes over the past year.
On May 31st, a Mumbai-Jeddah flight with 270 passengers on board was grounded at Mumbai airport because of a technical glitch and this time last year, a Saudia plane suffered a major technical malfunction at Cairo International Airport, when its engine fell onto the runway shortly before a scheduled departure.