Kwara News: Birds Strike Plane With 222 Muslim Pilgrims On Board, All Safe
August 5, Ilorin International Airport: The aircraft with 222 Muslims from Nigeria was taxiing on the runway when a huge flock of birds attacked it, news in Kwara reports.
This occurrence happened in at the Ilorin – the capital of Kwara state. The passengers were going to Saudi Arabia for the yearly Hajj pilgrimage.
The pilot of the Boeing 767 managed to halt the take-off successfully and evacuate all the passengers without injuries.
Kwara news states that the Medview Airline coped with the incident professionally, organizing a new flight for the passengers so that their journey to Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be discontinued due to the incident.
Furthermore, the airline designated a group of engineers who went to the Ilorin International Airport to fix the damaged airplane.
The airline media consultant Obuke Oyibotha made an official statement, in which he said that the incident had been handled safely and professionally and stressing that the airline brought professional engineers to the airport the same night.
Kwara state news reminds that minister of health of Nigeria Isaac Adewole made the health agenda for the Hajj pilgrimage in 2017 publicly available.
According to it, Nigeria trained medical officers to support pilgrims during their trip to Saudi Arabia and ensure proper medical services if need be.