Nigeria, June 1 -- A Max Air aircraft carrying at least 559 pilgrims from Jigawa State on Wednesday made an emergency landing at the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, after it was struck by lightning.

The pilgrims who were going to Saudi Arabia for the 2023 hajj exercise had departed the Duste International Airport at 4:45 p.m.

Max Air manager in Kano, Bello Ramadan, told PREMIUM TIMES that the plane requested to land at the Kano airport after its windscreen was hit by lightning.

"The problem is not as much as the passengers are reporting, some of them are panicking and reporting what did not happen, the airplane's engine and tires are in perfect condition.

"We have provided an alternative plane to continue the journey, the pl...