Pilgrims escape death as bird strike hits Medview aircraft

Two hundred and twenty-two Muslim pilgrims escaped death after birds attacked Medview Airline transporting them from Ilorin International Airport to Saudi Arabia.

The aircraft which was taxiing for takeoff was struck by birds causing the pilot to abort. The pilgrims, who were said to be unhurt were de-boarded and transferred to another aircraft by the Airline.

Medview Airline media consultant, Obuke Oyibotha, in a statement confirmed the bird strike.

He said, “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. The airline on Saturday night flew a team of engineers and rotables to Ilorin to get the aircraft back to service.”

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Medview Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, said the airline had already airlifted 675 pilgrims from the Ilorin International Airport.

He stated that 460 pilgrims departed from the airport about 12.30pm on Thursday while 215 pilgrims of the second batch were also airlifted.

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