The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria says it has noticed different versions of reports on Max Air flight NGL 2092 also referred to as Niger iii, which departed Jeddah airport at 2:34 am on 7th September 2019, with 559 Niger state pilgrims.
In a statement signed by the Head Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara said that it was the 75th flight on the Commission’s return trip schedule.
She also said that NAHCON is pleased to note that the plane landed in Minna safely with all pilgrims securely back to their destinations.
As for the condition of the plane, the Commission has been assured by the relevant agencies that investigation is on-going to ascertain the nature of technical fault encountered.
Therefore, while waiting for experts to confirm the real situation of the matter, NAHCON requests the general public to be cautious of misinformation.
Already two flights by the same Max Air had taken off and landed in Nigeria the same day. So far, 38, 807 pilgrims have been transported back to Nigeria in 80 flights.
In a related press released signed by the Max Air Director of flight operations Capt. Ibrahim Dilli said that “At the time of the arrival, there was heavy torrential rain with unstable winds. The instrument landing system at the airport was epileptic with unreliable signals”
“Our pilots executed an approach using their wealth of experience and knowledge of the terrain and environment to a safe landing and stop on the runway, during which one of the engines slightly brushes the runway due to complex landing maneuvers occasioned by the strong downdraft, Aircraft did not crash nor skid off the runway,’’ Capt Dilli added.