Sunday, 8 September 2019

Plane carrying Pilgrims crash lands in Niger

What could easily have become the worst aviation disaster in recent memory was averted early Saturday morning when an aircraft carrying no fewer than 550 passengers returning to Niger State made an emergency landing at Minna Airport just before 5am local time. The plane carrying pilgrims returning from the 2019 annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has crash landed at the Minna International Airport (MXJ/DNMN). The aircraft, A Max Air Boeing 747, was travelling from Jeddah-Prince Abdullah Air Base (JED/OEJN) to Minna Airport (MXJ/DNMN) when it developed a technical fault in one of the plane’s four engines as it approached the Minna airport. A Source at the airport who confirmed the incident said that no one was injured or killed in the incident but the passengers were visibly shaken over the incident. Evidence of the crash landing of the plane could be seen as part of the tarmac and some runway materials were damaged when the aircraft skidded off the runway. Eyewitnesses said that the Minna International Airport was saved from a big disaster as if the plane had caught fire it would have burnt down the airport because there are no fire fighting or emergency vehicles in the airport.
Searches on the internet showed this aircraft started its life with Korean Air.
Max Air took delivery in June 2017 and up until last month Max Air had this aircraft stored.

Aircraft Details
Airline: Max Air
Code: NR / NGK
Aircraft: Boeing 747-4B5
Registration: 5N-DBK
Serial Number: 26403
Engines: 4 x PW PW4056
First Flew: 18/11/1996
Age: 22 Yrs 10 Mts

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