BIRDS strike on Saturday night forced a Med-view Airline to abort a Saudi bound flight at Ilorin airport.
In a statement, the airline said the B767 aircraft carrying 222 pilgrims was taxiing for takeoff when it was struck by a brood of birds forcing the pilot to abort the flight.
The 222 pilgrims were deboarded 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.
Meanwhile, the airline last night flew a team of engineers and rotables to Ilorin to get the aircraft back to service.
Bird aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) or bird strike is a collision between an airborne animal and a human made vehicle, especially an aircraft.