Serious incident Airbus A320-214 HZ-AS34, Monday 16 November 2015
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Date:Monday 16 November 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-214
Owner/operator:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Registration: HZ-AS34
MSN: 4397
Year of manufacture:2010
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5B4/P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Jeddah-King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (OEJN) -   Saudi Arabia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Amman-Queen Alia International Airport (OJAI)
Destination airport:Jeddah-King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (OEJN)
Investigating agency: AIB Saudi Arabia
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV632, was a scheduled service from Queen Alia International Airport (OJAI), Amman, Jordan to King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (OEJN). On the final approach for landing at OEJN, during the flare maneuver, the aircraft floated for 10 seconds before the Pilot Flying (PF) decided to go around, selecting the Take-Off Go-Around (TOGA) option and commanded Go-Around Flaps. During which, the aircraft contacted the runway at 2.734 G before the Go-Around Thrust was initiated. As a result of the hard touchdown, the Flap Lock Warning was displayed and the flaps locked at 10 degrees. The second approach was flown at speed of 172 Knots, with a Flaps/Slat configuration of Flaps 1 and Slats 2. The aircraft landed uneventfully.

The investigation concluded that the aircraft experienced gusty and turbulent wind conditions and the Pilot Flying deviated from the Saudi Arabian Airlines procedures by continuing on an unstabilized approach when landing. Additionally, the lack of the Cockpit Resource Management techniques which led to errors that could have initiated a catastrophic event. The PF’s actions, according to his assumptions, were based on a pre-occupation of previous experience in a similar situation when a crewmember altered the flap setting and introduced a critical fault in an already flawed landing.


Saudi Arabia Aviation Investigation Bureau AIB-2015-0300


Graphic: Saudi Arabia Aviation Investigation Bureau

Revision history:

22-Oct-2019 20:00 harro Added
22-Oct-2019 20:00 harro Updated [Aircraft type]

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