A Saudi-bound aircraft belonging to Max Air has been forced to make an emergency landing in the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) after running into bad weather on Wednesday.
The aircraft marked Max B747-HMM which took off from Dutse in Jigawa with the first batch of 554 intending pilgrims was heading to Saudi Arabia for the 2023 Hajj pilgrimage when the incident occurred.
The Boeing 747 was said to have been diverted to Kano airport when its windscreen was struck by lightning.
The Airline confirmed the incident in a statement issued by its management titled: ‘Flight diversion due to bad weather’ which was sighted by the Nigerian Tribune.
The statement partly read: “Our aircraft carrying hajj pilgrims from Dutse international airport encountered severe weather conditions.
“The windscreen had a slight crack shortly after take-off from Dutse prompting a diversion to Kano State.
All passengers have been taken care of and safely transferred to another aircraft to continue their journey”.