AOT invalid link when deep deep linking

I run into this error Error: Uncaught (in promise): invalid link: sample-drop as I try to compile an ionic project setup for AOT compilation. If I remove the IonicPage decorator with name meta, the error goes away.

Is this an AOT issue or deep link as per - [Solved ]Ionic lazy loading - invalid link : TabsPage?

Ionic Framework: 3.6.0
Ionic App Scripts: 2.1.3
Angular Core: 4.1.3
Angular Compiler CLI: ^4.1.3
Node: 8.1.2
OS Platform: macOS Sierra
Navigator Platform: MacIntel
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_12_6) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/60.0.3112.101 Safari/537.36