A Saudi Arabia bound flight carrying 222 Muslim pilgrims was aborted Saturday night due to bird strike at the Illorin airport.
The aircraft a B767 belonging to Medview airline was taxing for takeoff when it was struck by a brood of birds forcing the pilot to abort the flight.
In a statement, the airline said the 222 pilgrims were immediately disembarked without any recorded injuries, as arrangements had been made to provide another aircraft to airlift them today.
The airline assured all pilgrims that the schedule for their airlift to the Holy Land would not be affected by the incident.
Meanwhile, the airline last night flew a team of engineers and rotables to Ilorin to get the aircraft back to service.