How 222 lucky Nigerian Muslims on their way to Hajj escaped death after birds attacked their plane
– A brood of birds struck the Boeing 767 aircraft as it taxied for take-off on the runway
– The 222 pilgrims were de-boarded without incident, and arrangements were made to provide another aircraft to airlift them
– A team of engineers were immediately dispatched to Ilorin by the airline, in order to get the aircraft back to service
Two hundred and twenty-two Nigerian Muslims on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj, escaped death after their Medview aircraft was attacked by birds, Punch reports.
The incident occurred on Saturday August 5, at the Ilorin International Airport, Kwara state.
The Boeing 767 aircraft was struck by a brood of birds as it was taxiing for take-off.
It was gathered that the situation was handled professionally by the pilot who proceeded to abort the flight; after which, the passengers were de-boarded safely from the aircraft.
Another aircraft – a Boeing 747- was subsequently arranged by the airline, to transport the passengers.
The incident was confirmed in a statement released by Obuke Oyibotha, Medview Airline media consultant.
It read: “Birds strike on Saturday night forced a Medview Airline to abort a Saudi bound flight at Ilorin airport.
“The B767 aircraft carrying 222 pilgrims was taxiing for take-off when it was struck by a brood of birds forcing the pilot to abort the flight.
“The 222 pilgrims were de-boarded without incident, and arrangements were made to provide another aircraft to airlift them.
“The airline assured all pilgrims that the schedule for their airlift to the Holy Land will not be affected by the incident.