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16 November 2011

Boeing 747 Jumbo makes emergency landing at Kano Airport in Nigeria

A national tragedy was yesterday averted, as a Yola-bound chartered aircraft with about 500 Nigerian pilgrims and other cabin crew members on board from Saudi Arabia crash-landed at the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport. Daily Champion gathered the aircraft, a Boeing 747 Jumbo jet with registration n5N-DBM, is named after late President Umaru Yar'Adua and belongs to Max Air. It was hired for this year's Hajj. It was learnt that as the plane made an emergency landing at the airport by 3.00am passengers panicked and made hurried exists. Media Consultant to the airline, Dahiru Ibrahim, confirmed the incident and said the aircraft made an emergency landing after it lost four tyres while landing at the airport. "The pilot decided to land at the Kano Airport because aeroplanes can- not land at night at the Yola Airport. The passengers were expected to disembark in broad day light." Meanwhile, at least 26 Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia have been confirmed dead with four miscarriages recorded in the ongoing hajj exercise. Spokesman of the medical team of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON,) Dr. Salisu Bello who confirmed the report and of this number, Kaduna state recorded the highest following the attack of their tent in Munna by diarrhea. Bello said besides the 20 deaths last week, "five more deaths were recorded before Arafat, one after Arafat to the initial twenty before the Pre Arafat meeting," he noted. He said a majority of the pilgrims who died falls within age sixty to sixty five except for one eighty year old pilgrim. He said for the quick intervention from the medical mission and Saudi authorities, Nigeria would have recorded more unusual casualties in this year hajj operations, especially at Munna where female pilgrims from Kaduna state were hit by Diarrhea. Daily Champion gathered that 12,945 pilgrims received medical attention while four miscarriages were also recorded during the 2011 Hajj exercise.

- RSOE