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Riyadh/King Khaled International Airport

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Name Riyadh/King Khaled International Airport
Region Middle East
Territory Saudi Arabia SA.gif
Location Riyadh
Serving Riyadh
Elevation 624.535 m
2,049 ft
2,049 ft624.535 m
Coordinates 24° 57' 27.50" N, 46° 41' 55.59" E
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
15L/33R 4205 m13,795.932 ft
60 m196.85 ft
ASP yes/yes
15R/33L 4205 m13,795.932 ft
60 m196.85 ft
ASP yes/yes

Observation OERK 212200Z 00000KT CAVOK 08/03 Q1023 NOSIG
Station King Khaled International Airport
Date/Time 21 November 2019 22:00:00
Wind direction
Wind speed 00 kts
Lowest cloud amount clouds and visibility OK
Temperature 8°C
Dew point 3°C
Humidity 70%
QNH 1023 hPa
Weather condition n/a

Tag(s) Fog
Sand Storm

Riyadh/King Khaled International Airport



International airport serving the capital of Saudi Arabia.


Hot Desert Climate (Köppen climate classification BWh) - Hot desert climates are typically found in the subtropics where there is unbroken sunshine for the whole year due to the stable descending air and high pressure, little or no precipitation. Maximum temperatures of 40°C to 45°C are not uncommon, particularly during the warmer months of the year. During colder periods of the year, night-time temperatures can drop to freezing or below due to the exceptional radiation loss under the clear skies. However, very rarely do temperatures drop far below freezing.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of OERK

  • L101, vicinity Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 1980 (On 19 August 1980, a Lockheed L1011 operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines took off from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - seven minutes later an aural warning indicated a smoke in the aft cargo compartment. Despite the successful landing all 301 persons on board perished due toxic fumes inhalation and uncontrolled fire.)
  • MD11, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, 2010 (On 27 July 2010, a Boeing MD11F being operated by Lufthansa Cargo on a scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Riyadh bounced twice prior to a third hard touchdown whilst attempting to land on 4205 metre-long Runway 33L at destination in normal day visibility. The fuselage was ruptured and, as the aircraft left the side of the runway, the nose landing gear collapsed and a fire began to take hold. A ‘MAYDAY’ call was made as the aircraft slid following the final touchdown. Once the aircraft had come to a stop, the two pilots evacuated before it was largely destroyed by fire. One pilot received minor injuries, the other injuries described as major.)