Saudia 787 Loses Right Engine Over Myanmar – Makes Emergency Landing

A Saudia 787 has run into engine problems en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and has been forced to land in Bangladesh. A Boeing 777-300ER was sent to pick up the passengers and delivered them home the following day.

Saudia Boeing 787. Photo: Russel Lee via Wikimedia

What are the details?

Flight SV-885, operated by a Saudia Arabian Airlines Boeing 787-9 (tail number HZ-ARA) was flying just fine from Guangzhou China to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, when it ran into engine troubles over Myanmar.

The specifics of the engine problems are not entirely clear, only that the flight crew had to shut down the right-hand engine (which for those readers who ask for engine details, a GEnx).


The aircraft requested permission to land in Dhaka, Bangladesh and managed to get to the ground safely with one engine about 75 minutes later. It was able to taxi to the terminal and offload passengers. The aircraft was carrying 299 people.

The route of the affected flight. Photo: Flight Radar 24

A replacement Boeing 777-300ER was sent to pick up the passengers (who landed at 15:00 local time and didn’t depart till 4.30 AM the following day), who finally got home 24 hours later.

The Boeing 787-9 is still sitting on the ground in Bangladesh over 58 hours later. It is forcing Saudia to cancel flights that were scheduled with the aircraft.

The fallout of the jet being stuck in Bangladesh. Photo: Flight Radar 24

What caused the problem?

At this stage, it is not clear what is wrong with the engine. Unlike other incidences that involve a bird hitting the blades or contained engine failure, this just seems like that the powerplant failed.

There have been no reports of a fire or smoke, and perhaps it means that come component that operates the engine simply failed. Simple Flying reached out to Saudia for comment.

Who is Saudia Arabian Airlines?

Saudia for short is an international carrier that operates to 95 destinations from their hub King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. They do have two secondary hub airports, King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam.

Interestingly, they are the third biggest middle eastern airline behind Emirates and Qatar in terms of revenue, and easily in the top five biggest fleets in the region.

Specifically, they have a fleet of 160 aircraft, 10 of which are part of their cargo fleet. Of their fleet, 46 aircraft are short-range A320 aircraft used for domestic flights and linking nearby neighbors. In terms of their long-haul fleet, they have 32 A330-300s, seven Boeing 747-400s, 33 Boeing 777-300ERs, and 14 Boeing 787s (one of which is a 787-10).

But that’s not all, the airline has 72 aircraft on order. They are expanding their short-haul fleet with a range of A320neo variants (including 15 Airbus A321XLRs) as well as nine more Boeing 787-10s.

What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments!


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Tracy Wells

It’s not a Boeing problem, but an engine manufacturer issue. Your story is highly misleading!

Bastiaan Naber

The headline says the aircraft lost an engine, that is in my opinion a bit dramatic. The engine is still attached to the airplane.


Saudi fleet is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000! Not GENX!!!


My mistake !! They have engines !!!

F P Weeren

Well, hopefully yes. Boeing doesn’t build gliders, do they?

Syed Wasif Raza

The Pilot must be rewarded for safely landing the aircraft with such critical conditions.
Thank God all are safe.

Mohamed Mohideen

Great misleading, it’s an engine fault, Way commented, how come with a missing engine the aircraft held on to stability, Thank God the safety of the 299 pax. How come Saudi was taking this long to have it fixed, plenty of engines available for dispatch to have it flown back to base.

S a s

Not true the king takes any aircraft from the schedule, the king and high court have their own organised private fleet unit. Also royal family is not given passenger fleet at any time ! Why linking kings or royal family with untrue image or miss leading story to look like out of controls airlines ! Shame on you !

F P Weeren

Most Middle Eastern countries have royal flights, wholly separate from the flag carriers.


I believe they lose an engine means lost an engine power not the physical engine itself. As per your report the crew need to shut down the engine meaning cutoff the power of the faulty engine. Leading to a safe landing with a single engine power

Adel Bukhari

I agree with jbcruz loosing an engine in flight means engin power is lost, on other hand aircraft flying with single engine power On other hand please refrain from injecting political into normal aviation discussions Saudi government has it’s own fleet to transport the king and the country officials without affecting the saudi airlines conpanies including saudia Airlines Also to remind you that the issue is with the engine powering the aircraft; thus; you should concentrate on RR engines (Trent 1000) series that powers Boeing 787 aircraft which has reliability issues not yet solved and as well no spare engines… Read more »