by Martin Asiedu-Dartey

August 13, 2017

2017 Hajj: Over 1,300 Ghanaian pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

Ghanaians arriving in Saudi Arabia

The third flight, the original flight Boeing 747-400 series has finally landed at the Tamale International Airport to airlift a total of 501 pilgrims to Medina.

Boeing 747-400 series was grounded following some technical hitches after it was scheduled to airlift the first batch of pilgrims on August, 10 2017 at the Tamale International Airport which made it impossible to arrive though it was reported to have airborne from Jeddah.

The flight landed at exactly 5:05am Sunday August, 13 2017 and took off at exactly 11:39am.

This brings the total number of pilgrims airlifted so far to 1,363 with a little over 1,600 pilgrims left to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia.

It is expected that the remaining number should be airlifted by the end of the fifth flight scheduled to take off from the Tamale International Airport.

A total of 1,363 pilgrims have been airlifted from the Tamale International Airport by the end of the third flight.

However, Sunday’s flight in its turnaround delayed for six hours before taking off against the ideal one to three hours due to double checking by officials from the Narcotic board.

Meanwhile, the fourth flight is expected to land at about 2:00am Monday August, 14 2017.

By: Zubaida Ismail|TV3|Ghana
Twitter: @NewsonTV3

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