Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kuwait International Airport, Farwaniyah, Kuwait

A Saudi airplane carrying 103 passengers became bogged in sand at Kuwait International Airport after the pilot accidentally attempted to use a taxiway under construction, Kuwait state media has said.

The airport’s operations director, Essam Al Zamel, said the pilot ignored numerous warning signs and visibility was clear when the National Air Services (NAS) plane entered the taxiway.

None of the passengers on board were hurt but they were forced to disembark from the plane and return to the airport while the aircraft was removed from the sand.

Another plane was sent from Saudi Arabia to fly the passengers to their destination, Jeddah.

A Saudi aircraft with 103 passengers on board was stuck in sand at Kuwait International Airport after it entered the wrong lane while heading for the airport terminal.

Airport officials said the Nas Air plane has just landed and taxied towards the terminal when it mistakenly entered a construction area despite warning boards installed there.

“It entered an area where we are carrying out maintenance and construction work despite the many warning boards installed there,” Isam Al Zamil, director of the Kuwait airport operations, told the official news agency Kuna.

“I don’t know how the pilot got into that area as the boards were clearly visible and weather conditions were good…the plane got stuck in sand there and we have to wait for another Nas aircraft to come and take the transit passengers to Saudi Arabia.”

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