BREAKING: Aircraft engine fails during take-off with 545 Nigerian Hajj pilgrims

Posted by Garba Ahmed | 16 September 2015 | 6,249 times

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A Boeing 747 model aircraft with Registration Number N5-MBB belonging to Max Air conveying 545 Kebbi State pilgrims from Nigeria to Jedda, Saudi Arabia, has developed technical problem after three attempts to take off from Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna International Airport in Birnin Kebbi.

One of the pilgrims, Aliyu Sani Zamfarawa, Deputy Chairman Youth Council, said the incident occurred around 1:43 a.m.

“One of the engines of the plane developed fault after three attempts to take off from the airport. All the pilgrims in the airplane were in a state of shock and confusion as we all ran for safety as soon as the emergency exit was opened,” he said.

Chairman, Committee on Flight, Kebbi State Hajj Task Force, Sani Dododo, said: “The plot explained to us that one out of the three engines developed mechanical problem which they are making consultation to see how the problem will be solve.

“The pilot also advised that another flight be brought to lift the intending pilgrims and the effected flight will be taken to Kano for repair.”

Dododo urged the pilgrims to be calm as the problem “will be solved within some hours.”

•Photo shows a Max Air Boeing 747.

Source: News Express

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