On the 17th of September, a Boeing 737 operating Royal Wings flight JO6888 suffered a runway excursion at Aqaba King Hussein Int’l Airport in Southern Jordan. The aircraft landed normally on Runway 01/19 at 08:25 local time (05:25 UTC) but veered off the paved surface and came to rest in the soft ground on the side of the runway.
Initial reports state that the aircraft failed to stop before the end of the runway, and overran into the soft ground.
None of the 126 passengers and crew onboard suffered any injuries, but the aircraft suffered minor damage. The passengers disembarked via airstairs onto the soft ground and were taken by bus to the terminal, before heading off to various hotels in the area.
Emergency services were present to the scene as the passengers began to disembark.
A NOTAM was released soon after incident occured:
A0264/17 – AD WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO DISABLED AIRCRAFT ON THE RUNWAY. 17 SEP 17:02 2017 UNTIL 18 SEP 05:00 2017. CREATED: 17 SEP 17:03 2017
METARs for the time leading up to and after the incident were also released:
OJAQ 170800Z 36012KT CAVOK 31/17 Q1011=
OJAQ 170600Z 36012KT CAVOK 28/17 Q1011=
OJAQ 170500Z 34009KT CAVOK 26/17 Q1010=
OJAQ 170400Z 32006KT CAVOK 25/17 Q1010=
OJAQ 170300Z 36008KT CAVOK 26/17 Q1010=
OJAQ 170100Z NIL=
OJAQ 170000Z 35014KT CAVOK 27/17 Q1009=
Royal Jordanian Airlines, the airline that the flight was being operated for, released a press statement on their website:
Royal Wings said that a Boeing 737 it had leased on ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) basis from Solitaire Air, a Jordanian carrier, skidded off course upon landing at King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba. No injuries to passengers or crew were reported.
The aircraft landed today at 8:20 am on its regular flight (JO 6888) from Amman to Aqaba and will continue to Dubai. All 126 passengers and crew on board disembarked normally, on the air stairs.
A minor damage was recorded on the external structure of the aircraft while it was skidding off the runway. Royal Wings provided hotel accommodation in Aqaba for all the passengers who were onboard while waiting for another airplane to arrive and carry them from Aqaba to Dubai.
Despite the confusing format of the statement, we know that the incident aircraft (JY-SOA) remained on the ground at Aqaba and did not continue its journey to Dubai.
JY-SOA (MSN 29338) is an 18 year old Boeing 737-33V, owned by Solitaire Air/Fly Jordan, on ACMI lease to Royal Wings, which is a subsidiary of Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Flight JO6888 is operated by Royal Wings, for Royal Jordanian Airlines. It routes from Amman-Queen Alia International Airport (AMM / QAIA) to Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC / OMDW) via Aqaba-King Hussein International Airport (AQJ / OJAQ). JO6888 operates only on Sundays and Thursdays.
A replacement aircraft, Royal Jordanian Airlines Airbus A320-232 JY-AYW (MSN 5367), flew from Amman to Aqaba earlier this morning (19th September), under flight number JO6888. The aircraft then continued to Dubai Al Maktoum, presumably with the passengers who were left stranded in Aqaba on the 17th.