The technical hitch has led delay in airlifting intending pilgrims from Zamfara and Sokoto states by a day.
An official of the airline, who spoke to Newsdiaryonline on condition of anonymity, said that, if not for the technical snag, the aircraft would have airlifted pilgrims from Zamfara state on Sunday and pilgrim from Sokoto Monday.
Max Air is the official airline designated to airlift pilgrims from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
The Director General of Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (PWA), Alhaji Ibrahim Umar, who confirming the development, disclosed that as a result of the fault, the airplane that was scheduled to airlift pilgrims from Kebbi state will now airlift pilgrims from Tambuwal, Yabo and Kware local government areas of the state.
Recall that three airlines: Med-View, Max Air and Saudi Arabian Airline, Fly Nas, were approved to airlift Nigerian pilgrims to and from Saudi Arabia for the 2016 hajj exercise.
The three airlines that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian and Saudi Arabian governments made the list after a comprehensive selection process carried out by the Nigerian and the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).