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Birds strike on Saturday night forced a Medview Airline to abort a Saudi bound flight at Ilorin airport ROYAL NEWS reports.

In a statement, the airline said the B767 aircraft carrying 222 pilgrims was taxing for take-off when it was struck by a brood of birds forcing the pilot to abort the flight.

The 222  pilgrims were boarded without incident, and arrangements are being made to provide another aircraft to airlift them today (SUNDAY).

The airline assured all pilgrims that the schedule for their airlift to the Holy Land will not be affected by the incident.

It was further gathered that the airline last night flew a  team of engineers and rotables to Ilorin to get the aircraft back to service.

It would be recalled that no fewer than 460 pilgrims from Kwara state were on Thursday airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise.

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