On Wednesday, a Max Air plane struck by lightning while carrying at least 559 pilgrims from Jigawa State made an emergency landing at Kano’s Aminu Kano International Airport.
At 4:45 pm, the pilgrims heading to Saudi Arabia for the 2023 hajj ritual had left the Duste International Airport.
According to Bello Ramadan, manager of Max Air in Kano, Lightning hit the aircraft’s windscreen and the pilot requested to land at the Kano airport.
“The problem is not as much as the passengers are reporting, some of them are panicking and reporting what did not happen, the airplane’s engine and tires are in perfect condition.
“We have provided an alternative plane to continue the journey, the plane is about fueling, and the passengers are okay, even though some of them are panicking but there is no cause for alarm.
“It was a lightning strike that affected the left side screen, thank God it was mere scratch and not broken and the pilot decided to return. Very soon they will continue with the journey,” Mr Ramanda said.
Addressing reporters before the plane departed Duste airport, the Executive Secretary of the Jigawa Pilgrims Board, Umar Labbo, said the first batch of pilgrims was drawn from 16 out of 27 local government areas of the state.