About 559 Jigawa State Hajj pilgrims averted death Wednesday night when their Max Air jet bound for Saudi Arabia made an emergency landing at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport.
According to Nigeria Info, the Boeing 747 airliner that took off from Dutse Airport had to return home after being struck by lightning, which damaged the plane’s undercarriage.
The airplane, registered Max B747-HMM, carried 559 passengers and 21 crew members and is presently parked at Kano Airport.
Bello Ramadan, one of Max Air’s Kano managers, verified the development to media and stated that the passengers will be transported to another plane at the time this story was filed.
Another Max Air jet crashed on arriving at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja in May.
The event forced the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to close the Abuja airport for almost five hours after Max Air flight NGL1649, a B737 aircraft with registration 5N-MBD, departed Yola for Abuja with 144 passengers and six flight crew.