Iraqi Airways plane evacuated after wheel fire

An Iraqi Airways plane and passengers at Baghdad International airport in a 2014 file photo.
An Iraqi Airways plane and passengers at Baghdad International airport in a 2014 file photo.PHOTO: REUTERS

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Hundreds of passengers were evacuated safely from an Iraqi Airways plane on Saturday (Feb 11) after a wheel caught fire on landing in Saudi Arabia, Saudi state media said.

Emergency crews evacuated 356 passengers "in record time without any casualties", the official Saudi Press Agency said.

The aircraft was landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport in the Red Sea city of Jeddah when fire broke out on one of the wheels, the agency said.

SPA said the captain radioed the control tower to report the problem and fire crews rushed to the aircraft to extinguish the flames.

It said the fire was "limited" in scope.

The airport, one of the Saudi kingdom's busiest, is a key gateway for millions of Muslims who visit for the yearly hajj and for minor umrah pilgrimages to Islam's holiest cites in Mecca and Medina.