Aramco B738 at Al Wajh on Feb 26th 2019, landed on taxiway/former runway

Last Update: November 4, 2021 / 18:52:15 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 26, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
Aramco

Aircraft Registration
N803XA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

Airport ICAO Code
OEWJ

An Aramco Boeing 737-800, registration N803XA performing a flight from Arar to Al Wajh (Saudi Arabia), was cleared to land on Al Wajh's runway 15 but landed on the parallel taxiway A, formerly runway 15T.

Saudi Arabia's AAIB reported CVR and FDR have been pulled and read out after landing. The flight crew lacked knowledge and/or understanding of the relevant NOTAMs. Runway 15 has been closed at the time and taxiway A had been temporarily assigned runway 15T. However, runway 15 had been returned to service, runway 15T was returned to become taxiway A only and the RNAV approach to runway 15T had been cancelled. The crew however performed the RNAV approach to runway 15T. The AIB also observed deficiencies in the pre-flight briefing by the dispatcher.

According to the NOTAMs the temporary runway (15T) was in use until and including Feb 16th 2019 14:00Z, then the main runway returned to service from and including Feb 16th 2019 14:01Z, 10 days prior to the occurrence.

The aircraft remained on the ground in Al Wajh for about 12 hours before returning to service.

Relevant NOTAMs:
A0286/19 NOTAMN
Q) OEJD/QMRXX/IV/NBO/A /000/999/2611N03628E005
A) OEWJ B) 1902161401 C) PERM
E) MAIN RWY 15/33 OPN FOR LDG AND TKOF
MAIN RWY 15/33 ASPH LEN 3062M, WID 60M AND PCN 60/F/A/W/T
SIMPLE ALS 420 LIH AVBL AT MAIN RWY 33
TWY A ASPH PCN 63/F/A/W/T
LINKS A1,A2,A3 AND A4 ASPH PCN 60/F/A/W/T
TXL APN 2 ASPH PCN 80/F/A/W/T
APN 1 CEMENT CONC PCN 49/R/A/X/T
APN 2 CEMENT CONC PCN 80/R/B/W/T
APN 3 ASPH PCN 78/F/A/W/T
MAIN RWY 15 LAT: 261238.24N, LONG: 0362806.81E THR ELEV 65FT AMSL
MAIN RWY 33 LAT: 261111.62N, LONG: 0362900.98E THR ELEV 66FT AMSL
MAIN RWY 15 TORA/LDA/ASDA 3062M, TODA 3337M
MAIN RWY 33 TORA/LDA/ASDA 3062M, TODA 3317M
NON SKED FLT HAVE TO COOR THEIR OPR TIMES WITH AP MNM 24 HR BFR ARR
EDGE LGT AVBL FOR TWYS A1,A2,A3 AND A4, APN1 AND APN2
AIP AIRAC SUP 03/18 WEF 1 MAR 2018 ITEM S02 CNL
AIP SUP 05/18 WEF 18 OCT 2018 IAP RNAV (GNSS) FOR TEMPO RWY 15/33 CNL
IAP VOR/DME MAIN RWY 15 PAGE AD2-OEWJ-13 AND 14 SUSPENDED
IAP VOR MAIN RWY 15 PAGE AD2-OEWJ-17 AND 18 SUSPENDED
MAIN RWY 15 OPN FOR VFR FLT
CTC DOM AP OPS ON 00966503578765 MNM 24 HR PRIOR TO NON SKED OPS.

A0266/19 NOTAMN
Q) OEJD/QMRLC/IV/NBO/A /000/999/2611N03628E005
A) OEWJ B) 1902160800 C) 1902161400
E) TEMPO RWY 15/33 CLSD.

Metars:
OEWJ 261100Z 26008KT 8000 SCT040 BKN200 29/14 Q1010 NOSIG=
OEWJ 261000Z 18007KT 8000 SCT040 BKN200 28/14 Q1011=
OEWJ 260900Z 17008KT 8000 SCT040 BKN200 28/13 Q1011 NOSIG=
OEWJ 260800Z 17006KT 8000 FEW040 BKN200 27/11 Q1012 NOSIG=
OEWJ 260700Z 14007KT 8000 NSC 26/09 Q1012 NOSIG=
OEWJ 260600Z 12005KT 9999 FEW040 SCT100 24/11 Q1011 NOSIG=
OEWJ 260500Z 09004KT 9999 FEW040 SCT100 23/07 Q1011=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 26, 2019

Classification
Incident

Airline
Aramco

Aircraft Registration
N803XA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

Airport ICAO Code
OEWJ

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