Updated date: 08/11/2011 09:57:31
Being established since 1963, Royal Jordanian has recorded five major incidents or accidents during their over fifty years of operating as the national carrier of Jordan.
On 10 April 1965, the Herald 207 had taken off from Beirut at 19:55 for a flight to Amman. The aircraft crashed on a 45-degree slope of a mountain at a height of 4200 feet msl. All four crew members and 50 passengers were killed. The aircraft was written-off.
On 22 Jan 1973, an Alian Jordanian Boeing 707 had been chartered by Nigeria Airways to fly pilgrims back from Jeddah to Lagos. Bad weather at Lagos forced the crew to divert to Kano. After touchdown the right main gear leg collapsed as it hit a depression in the runway (or the edge of the runway). The Boeing turned 180deg, skidded off the side of the runway and caught fire. Six crew members and 170 passengers were killed. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair
On 3 August 1975, an Alia Jordanian Boeing 707 jetliner crashes in the Atlas Mountains near Agadir, a coastal city in southern Morocco. All seven crew members and 181 passengers were killed, in the fourth worst air disaster to that date.
On 13 March 1979, an Alia Jordanian Boeing 727 crashed on landing at Doha airport in Qatar. Three crew members and 42 passengers were killed. The aircraft was written-off.
On 11 June 1985, Alia Jordanian flight 402, a Boeing 727 operated on a flight from Beirut to Amma. Shortly before takeoff five Shiite Arab men armed with automatic weapons and explosives, hijacked the airplane. They demanded to be flown to Tunis. Due to fuel shortage, the flight was diverted to Larnaca, Cyprus. Permission to land at Tunis was refused, so the flight diverted to Palermo. After refueling there, the aircraft was flown back to Beirut. In the early morning of June 12 (01:45 am) the aircraft took off again, but returned again after two hours. All occupants (three pilots, six flight attendants, eight sky marshals and about 65 passengers) were released and the plane was blown up using explosives.
Since the name of the carrier was changed to Royal Jordanian Airlines, the only fatal incident was when a hijacker, seeking political asylum, was killed on 5 July 2000, on board a Royal Jordanian Airbus A320 flying from Amman to Damascus.
In recent years, Royal Jordanian has the department of safety and security, which is responsible for the overall management of the Safety Program. All levels of Royal Jordanian's supervisory staff are accountable for implementing the Program's requirements and for ensuring that each and every employee can recognize and control hazards and have all the training and equipment needed to safely perform their individual tasks. In the interests of safety, full, free and uninhibited reporting of any incident that may affect safety is required, and it is the responsibility of the airlines employees to co-operate fully throughout any investigation that may be conducted by or under the authority of the Executive Assistant Corporate Safety.
We keep a bright hope that Royal Jordanian will enhance a clear safety record to become “ To be the Airline of choice connecting Jordan and the Levant with the world”.