53 people were wounded, one of them was seriously injured, during an emergency landing of the airline «Saudia», which was blocked by the front landing gear, the local authorities said on Tuesday.
141 passengers and 10 crew members were on board. The pilots managed to find a malfunction in the hydraulic system, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Investigation of Saudi Arabia reported.
Video on social media demonstrated that the plane in the process of landing on the stomach carved sheaves of sparks, but the fire did not break out, reports AFP.
«Passengers were evacuated. Fifty-two of them were slightly injured, and the passenger received several fractures» — the official SPA agency quoted a representative of the Bureau of Investigations.
According to media in Saudi Arabia, it was reported that the plane was damaged when it was 400 km south of the Medina.