A SAUDIA aircraft was shot at while being prepared for its planned departure flight, SV458 to Riyadh, this morning due to security issues in the Republic of Sudan. Both crew and passengers were on board the aeroplane.
It has been reported that all of the aircraft’s passengers and crew have safely arrived at the Saudi Embassy in Sudan. In order to ensure the safety of the crew and passengers, all additional flights to and from Sudan have been cancelled. Aircraft that were over Sudan has now descended to earth.
SAUDIA’s Emergency Coordination Centre is working with the airline’s cabin crew, airport staff, and Saudi Arabia’s embassy in the Republic of Sudan to gather further information regarding the situation.
During the ongoing military coup, two aeroplanes are known to have been severely damaged or destroyed while parked at Khartoum International Airport (HSSS), Sudan. a Saudi Airbus A330-300 and a SkyUp Boeing 737-800. Other aircraft may also be affected.
Fighting between the army and paramilitaries grew more intense, resulting in two aircraft being destroyed at the international airport in the capital of Sudan.
In a statement, Saudia, formerly known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, said one of its Airbus A330 planes was “involved in an accident” at the airport before a flight to Riyadh.
A passenger aeroplane that was about to depart from Sudan for Saudi Arabia on Saturday was shot at. The Airbus A330, which was scheduled to depart for Riyadh, “was exposed to gunfire damage… with passengers and crew on board.”
According to the national airline of Saudi Arabia, “It has been confirmed that all members of the aircraft’s cabin crew have safely arrived at the Saudi Embassy in Sudan.”
In a statement, Saudia said that all upcoming flights to and from Sudan had been cancelled for the sake of the crew members and passengers’ safety. In the meantime, aircraft that were above Sudan have returned.