On twenty fourth November, a SAUDIA Airbus A330 and a Libyan Airways A320 suffered substantial injury to their windshields and nostril cone after flying by means of heavy rainfall and violent hailstorms over Jeddah.
The Saudi Arabian Airways Airbus A330-300 with registration HZ-AQ25 was performing flight SV452 from Khartoum in Sudan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Nonetheless, after encountering inclement climate over Jeddah, the plane entered right into a holding sample at a excessive altitude awaiting higher climate to land in Jeddah. Initially, the plane descended to 11,000 ft for an method however climbed again to 19,000 ft and continued to carry.
After holding for over half-hour, the plane positioned for one more method and landed safely on Jeddah’s runway 16C about 45 minutes after getting into the primary maintain. Nonetheless, on its second method, the plane encountered extreme hail and turbulence inflicting injury to its windshield and nostril cone as seen within the footage shared on the web.
Furthermore, a Libyan Arab Airways Airbus A320 additionally encountered extreme climate whereas departing out of Jeddah’s runway 16C round 1.5 hours earlier than the Saudia incident, finally returning to Jeddah.
The Airbus A320-200 with registration 5A-LAK was performing flight LN1257 from Jeddah to Benghazi, Libya. Nonetheless, whereas the plane was climbing out of Jeddah, the A320 encountered a heavy storm and the crew stopped the climb after each windshields have been broken by the hail strike.
Flight LN1257 crew determined to instantly return to Jeddah however aborted the method at about 2,000 ft and climbed once more to eight,000 ft and subsequently entered right into a maintain at 5,000 ft, previous to touchdown to attend for higher climate. The plane finally landed safely again in Jeddah about one hour after departure.
Following the incident, each the Airbus A330 and A320 have been grounded in Jeddah and are awaiting upkeep earlier than flying once more.
In line with the Nationwide Heart for Meteorology, Jeddah recorded heavy rainfall in simply a few hours that day and the airport had suggested passengers that attributable to extreme climate circumstances, the departure of some flights had been delayed.