JUST IN: After first experience, over 500 hajj pilgrims survive Max Air emergency landing again in Kano
The hajj pilgrims from Jigawa State heading to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that had emergency landing in Kano departed Malam Aminu Kano International Airport for Mecca in the wee hours of Thursday and had to be returned back again around 5.40am for another emergency landing.
SOLACEBASE gathered that after the first aircraft Boeing B747 5N-HMM with 554 passengers including crew members of 21 that departed Dutse international airport around 4.30pm on Wednesday had a lightining strike that affected the noose of the aircraft , another B747 was assigned to airlift the pilgrims around 2.30am on Thursday.
However, the aircraft after about three hours flight developed a technical issue around Cameroun airspace and had to quickly turn back to Kano.
SOLACEBASE was informed that the aircraft landed at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport around 5.40am on Thursday.
Confirming the development, Kano Max Air Manager, Malam Bello Ramadan told SOLACEBASE that the aircraft had to return to MAKIA over some technical issue.
SOLACEBASE was reliably informed that the pilgrims would continue the journey to Saudia Arabia later today as the previous aircraft has been fixed awaiting certification from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA)