In a statement, the airline said the B767 aircraft carrying 222 pilgrims was taxing for take-off when it was struck by a brood of birds forcing the pilot to abort the flight.
The airline assured all pilgrims that the schedule for their airlift to the Holy Land will not be affected by the incident.
It was further gathered that the airline last night flew a team of engineers and rotables to Ilorin to get the aircraft back to service.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 460 pilgrims from Kwara state were on Thursday airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise.
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