Faulty aircraft: NAHCON wades in, provides flight for Kwara pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has intervened in the recent delay of the Kwara state pilgrims airlift due to technical problems detected before the take off of Maddina bound Azman aircraft from Ilorin airport, Kwara state capital.

 Competent sources at the commission and airport officials told journalists that the pilgrims were supposed to be airlifted by Air Peace, but Air Peace hired Azman for the operation on their behalf.

“Max Air that carried out the rescue operation departed Ilorin with all the pilgrims around 3am to Maddina.

“The rescued flight has landed by 11am at Maddina international Airport with 286 pilgrims and 10 officials today (Saturday)”, the sources said.

Also senior officials of NAHCON, when contacted on phone, also confirmed the rescue flight by Max Air. The officials said the chairman of the commission Malam Jalal Ahmed Arabi arranged with Max Air to airlift to Saudi Arabia.