The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero and 139 other passengers onboard Max Air flight yesterday escaped death when their flight that took off from the Aminu Kano International Airport (AKIA), Kano was hit by a bird, which forced one of the two-engine aircraft to malfunction, prompting the pilot to return to base.
THISDAY learnt that the aircraft, a Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number: 5N: BBM had departed Kano for Abuja airport at 1:21pm, but made an air return barely nine minutes later when three blades in one of the engines were damaged by birds on take-off at the airport.
Eyewitness said the attack caused a big bang on the aircraft and the passengers were petrified, while many commenced prayers, not knowing what actually happened to the aircraft.
One of the passengers, Dr. Samaila Suleiman, said it was a near-death experience.
He disclosed that he heard a strange sound when the aircraft was taking off.
“I heard a strange sound during the take-off but brushed it aside. I have used aircraft many times but had never heard such a sound during take-off.
“The cabin crew members and the pilot were helpless because they apparently lost control of the aircraft.
“Not even that radio announcement was made until we saw ourselves back at the airport where we took off.”
The aircraft operated with only one engine while gaining altitude on take-off.
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