Plane carrying pilgrims makes hard landing in Nigeria

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British Airways Boeing 747 landing at its home base London Heathrow Airport, England. The aircraft type is a Jumbo Jet known as Queen of the skies with registration G-CIVH and specific type Boeing 747-400 (747-436) and has 4 RR RB.211 jet engines. The airplane is flying for British Airways since April 1996. BA operates 36 Boeing 747-400 but all of them will be retired by 2024. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
British Airways Boeing 747 landing at its home base London Heathrow Airport, England. The aircraft type is a Jumbo Jet known as Queen of the skies with registration G-CIVH and specific type Boeing 747-400 (747-436) and has 4 RR RB.211 jet engines. The airplane is flying for British Airways since April 1996. BA operates 36 Boeing 747-400 but all of them will be retired by 2024. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A Boeing 747 plane with over 550 passengers on board made a hard landing on Saturday in Minna, capital of Nigeria’s west-central state of Niger after experiencing a fault in landing, an airport source said.

The plane carrying pilgrims back home from an annual pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia experienced a technical fault while landing and had to make a forced landing, in which no one was killed, the source who declined to be named told Xinhua on phone.

The plane is operated by Nigeria-based airline the Max Air, which has not confirmed the accident.

Hajiya Hassana Isah, spokesperson for the state Pilgrims Welfare Board, told reporters that the accident would not affect the return journey of the over 2,000 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

An airport security source told Xinhua that the tarmac and other facilities at the airport were damaged as a result of the hard landing.

Officials from the Accident Investigation Bureau in Lagos have inspected the partly damaged aircraft, after which they went into a closed-door meeting, according to the official News Agency of Nigeria.

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