Seychelles plane makes emergency landing in Jeddah


A tense situation unfolded as an Air Seychelles plane was forced to execute an emergency landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. The incident was triggered by a technical fault that occurred mid-flight, prompting the flight crew to take swift action.

Passengers and crew on board the Air Seychelles flight can breathe a sigh of relief as the emergency landing was executed successfully, ensuring their safety. The incident occurred at 8:12 pm on Monday when the airport control tower at KAIA received a distress call from the affected plane, identified as Air Seychelles Flight No. SET022. The cockpit had reportedly experienced a concerning smell of smoke, prompting the urgent need for an emergency landing.

Responding to the distress call, the airport swiftly initiated emergency protocols. A Level 2 state of emergency was declared, with all necessary preparations made to extend support and assistance to the aircraft. The airport’s emergency operational management room was activated, and at 8:40 pm local time, the plane managed to land safely.

In an official statement, KAIA authorities emphasized that the safety of the passengers and crew remained the top priority throughout the incident. Currently, Air Seychelles is working diligently to secure a replacement aircraft. Meanwhile, the six crew members involved in the flight have been provided with accommodations and were transferred to a local hotel.

Passengers, including 128 adults and three children, have also been accommodated at the KAIA Terminal 1 hotel. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of well-coordinated emergency response procedures in safeguarding lives during unexpected aviation situations.

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