Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
What could have been a major air mishap was on Saturday night averted at the Ilorin International Airport as a brood of birds struck a Med-View plane carrying 222 intending pilgrims en route Kingdom of Saudi Arabia forcing the pilot to abort the flight.
Sources close to the airline said that a team of engineers have been deployed to Ilorin to get the aircraft back to service.
Confirming the development on Sunday, a statement issued in Ilorin by the management of the airline said: â€œThe B767 aircraft carrying 222 pilgrims was taxiing for takeoff when it was struck by a brood of birds forcing the pilot to abort the flight. â€
The statement also said: “The 222 pilgrims were de boarded without incident, and arrangements are being made to provide another aircraft to airlift them today (Sunday).”