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Srinagar-Jeddah flight cancelled due to snag

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 16:34 IST

Haj pilgrims on Saturday, had to defer their journey to Mecca as the Srinagar-Jeddah flight was cancelled due to the aircraft developing a technical snag at Sharjah.

"The aircraft which was scheduled to take pilgrims from here to Jeddah developed some technical problem at Sharjah.

"There would be no Haj flight today," Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Basharat Ahmad Dhar said.

He said the pilgrims would now be flown tomorrow and the remaining ones would catch the flight on Monday.

More than 10,000 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir are expected to perform the Haj pilgrimage this year as the Centre has given an additional quota of 4,000 to the state. The number of pilgrims is nearly 1,000 more than last year's.

The state Haj Committee in collaboration with Air-India is operating direct flights between Srinagar and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for the past three years.