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624.535217 m2,049 ft
|Coordinates||24° 57' 28" N, 46° 41' 56" E|
| All Airports
|OEDF, OEDR, OEJN, OERK|
|Station||King Khaled International Airport|
|Date/Time||22 May 2013 07:00:00|
|Wind speed||11 kts|
Riyadh/King Khaled International Airport
ICAO: OERK IATA: RUH
International airport serving the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Hot Desert Climate (Köppen climate classification BWh) - Hot desert climates are typically found in the subtropics where there is unbroken sunshine for the whole year due to the stable descending air and high pressure, little or no precipitation. Maximum temperatures of 40°C to 45°C are not uncommon, particularly during the warmer months of the year. During colder periods of the year, night-time temperatures can drop to freezing or below due to the exceptional radiation loss under the clear skies. However, very rarely do temperatures drop far below freezing.
Flight Safety Considerations
- Fog, is effectively surface cloud and has a significant impact on the conduct of flying operations particularly landing and take-off.
- Sand Storm, activity results in reduced visibility and the ingestion of sand and dust particles into engines, pitot static system, conditioning packs, causing blockage and corrosion.
- Strong northerly winds are common in Spring and may create dust storms which reduce visibility and contaminate aircraft.
- Early morning fog may be a hazard.
Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of OERK
- L101, vicinity Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 1980 (AW HF FIRE) (On 19 August 1980, a Lockheed L1011 operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines took off from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - seven minutes later an aural warning indicated a smoke in the aft cargo compartment. Despite the successful landing all 301 persons on board perished due toxic fumes inhalation and uncontrolled fire.)
- MD11, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 2010 (RE HF FIRE) (On 27 July 2010, a Boeing MD11F being operated by Lufthansa Cargo on a scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Riyadh bounced twice prior to a third hard touchdown whilst attempting to land on 4205 metre-long Runway 33L at destination in normal day visibility. The fuselage was ruptured and, as the aircraft left the side of the runway, the nose landing gear collapsed and a fire began to take hold. A ‘MAYDAY’ call was made as the aircraft slid following the final touchdown. Once the aircraft had come to a stop, the two pilots evacuated before it was largely destroyed by fire. One pilot received minor injuries, the other injuries described as major.)
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