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Last updated: 4 August 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 25 March 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic B743 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-357
Operating for:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Leased from:Air Atlanta Icelandic
Registration: TF-ARS
C/n / msn: 22996/586
First flight: 1983-09-12 (24 years 7 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4G2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 307
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 326
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Dhaka-Zia International Airport (DAC) (   Bangladesh)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED/OEMA), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Dhaka-Zia International Airport (DAC/VGZR), Bangladesh
Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 810 made an uneventful landing at Dhaka (DAC). During the landing roll the tower controller reported that he saw a fire on the right hand wing. Upon exiting runway 14 the crew received a fire indication for engine no. 3. The fire extinguisher was activated and all engines were shut down. The fire could not be extinguished and the airplane was evacuated.
Investigation determined a fuel leak where the fuel enters the front spar for engine # 3.


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photo of Boeing-747-357-HB-IGF
accident date: 25-03-2008
type: Boeing 747-357
registration: HB-IGF
photo of Boeing-747-357-TF-ARS
accident date: 25-03-2008
type: Boeing 747-357
registration: TF-ARS

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
12 SEP 1983 N221GF Swissair
09 SEP 1992 HB-IGF Swissair new registration
27 SEP 2000 ZS-SKA South African Airways sub leased
10 DEC 2003 TF-ARS Saudi Arabian Airlines sub leased
10 MAR 2004 TF-ARS Air Atlanta Icelandic leased
18 JUN 2004 TF-ARS Iberia sub leased
18 AUG 2004 TF-ARS Air Algérie sub leased
17 OCT 2004 TF-ARS Air Atlanta Icelandic returned
19 DEC 2004 TF-ARS Garuda Indonesian Airways leased
10 MAY 2005 TF-ARS Air Atlanta Europe leased
00 DEC 2005 TF-ARS Garuda Indonesian Airways leased
19 FEB 2006 TF-ARS Air Atlanta Europe returned
13 MAY 2006 TF-ARS Federal Express
30 JUL 2006 TF-ARS Saudi Arabian Airlines leased

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport to Dhaka-Zia International Airport as the crow flies is 5081 km (3175 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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