Iran to Send Envoy to Medina to Study Cause of Pilgrims' Plane Incident
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) said it plans to send a representative to Saudi Arabia to study the emergency landing of a Saudi plane in Medina airport with about 300 Iranian pilgrims on board.
“According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) law and its annexation 13, since the plane belongs to a Saudi airline company and its passengers were Iranians, a representative from the Civil Aviation Organization is necessary to take part in the investigation into the incident," Deputy Head of CAO for Flight Standard Hamid Habibi said on Sunday.
He said the organization will conduct necessary communication with the relevant Saudi officials about the issue.
It was reported earlier today that the plane carrying 300 Iranian pilgrims from Iran's holy city of Mashhad to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia made an emergency landing in the Saudi city on Sunday, resulting injuries to 30 people on board.
Officials at the Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz international airport said the Boeing 767 plane made an emergency landing in Medina on Sunday.
The report that said the pilot decided to land after several failed attempts to open the plane's wheels and was able to skillfully control the large plane in time of landing.
Footage posted online showed a plane landing apparently without its rear landing gear down and leaving a trail of flame along the runway.