Leaving Too Soon

Saudia Misses Taxiway

6 August 2014

A Saudia Airlines Boeing 747-400 plane bound for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia was stuck in the mud after turning the plane too early as it prepares for take-off yesterday Evening.

The plane was ordered by air traffic controllers to hold short at Taxiway H1, a crossing taxiway heading to runway 24 around 7pm says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) before it turned prematurely causing its left landing gears to be dragged to the heavily soaked grass after torrential downpours.

CAAP has already issued on Tuesday night Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) allowing only narrow body aircraft like Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 to use the blocked runway on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for takeoff and landing.

Echo one was activated as holding point for runway 24 take-off says CAAP. 

The Saudia plane was cleared at the taxiway H1 after midnight, and was towed to Lufthansa Teknik for checks.

Several airlines operating widebody aircraft were diverted to Clark last night due to the incident and was allowed to fly Manila early this morning. Affected flights were Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, ANA, Emirates, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines.


  1. it was the right set of landing gears, not the left

  2. “We were able to talk to one of the pilots and he admitted a miscalculated turn,” said Capt. John Andrews, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

    The Saudi pilots, Capt. Alfaraidhy Abdulmajeed Abdulraheem and Capt. Al Bassam Adnan Mohammed, were grounded and would be undergoing an inquiry by CAAP investigators, Andrews said.

    Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/109044/saudia-pilot-admits-error#ixzz39hnYNZEm