Incident: Saudia A333 near Athens on Jul 14th 2011, instrument failures
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration HZ-AQD performing flight SV-129 from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 187 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 125nm northwest of Athens (Greece) when the crew decided to divert to Athens due to multiple failures of instruments. On approach to Athens ATC repeatedly inquired whether the aircraft would be able to fly the localizer and glideslope and finally cleared the aircraft to intercept the localizer or perform a visual approach to Athen's runway 03L. The airplane performed a safe overweight landing on Athen's runway 03L.
The airplane was able to depart again after about 4.5 hours on the ground and reached Paris with a delay of 5.5 hours.
The crew reported 187 souls on board, the airline's website stated 168 passengers on board.
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