Saudi Arabia Flight 163

Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 163 departed Riyadhs King Khalid International Airport after a flight from Karachi, Pakistan (“Wikipedia,” 2004). There were 287 passengers and 14 crewmembers aboard the L1011 aircraft that was bound for Jiddah. The aircraft was climbing through 15,000 feet, approximately seven minutes into the flight when both aural and visual indicators alerted the crew that there was smoke in the aft cargo compartment of the plane (Kilroy, 2004). Despite a safe landing, due to the lack of leadership and prudent actions by the Captain, all aboard perished due to poisoning from the noxious smoke.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 163

Just before 10:00 P.M., on August 19, 1980, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 163 departed Riyadhs King Khalid International Airport after a flight from Karachi, Pakistan (“Wikipedia,” 2004). There were 287 passengers and 14 crewmembers aboard the L1011 aircraft that was bound for Jiddah.

The aircraft was climbing through 15,000 feet, approximately seven minutes into the flight when both aural and visual indicators alerted the crew that there was smoke in the aft cargo compartment of the plane (Kilroy, 2004).

Over the course of the next four minutes, the crew worked on confirming the warnings they were receiving and looked up the smoke alert procedure in the aircrafts manual. During this time, the Captain made the decision to return immediately to the airport. Despite the number 2 engine thrust lever sticking, and the crew needing to shut it down, the aircraft landed back at Riyadh, safely. However, instead of immediately stopping the plane, the crew decided to continue to taxi for approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds (Kilroy, 2004).

For approximately 3 minutes and 15 seconds, the engines.