El Al plane with faulty wheel safely lands at Ben-Gurion Airport

The plane, which contains 181 passengers and crew members, turned around to return to Israel after shreds of its tire were found on the airport runway after takeoff.

April 21, 2015 09:38

El Al plane makes safe emergency landing

El Al plane makes safe emergency landing

An El Al passenger jet with a faulty wheel successfully made an emergency landing at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday after it was called back to Tel Aviv shortly after taking off for Prague.

Israeli authorities declared a state of emergency at Ben-Gurion Airport near Lod after the jet that departed for Prague earlier in the morning was found to have a faulty wheel.

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An emergency was declared on El Al flight 2521 after tire shreds were found on the Ben Gurion Airport runway from which the plane departed, according to the Israel Airports Authority.

The plane was carrying 181 passengers and crew members.

El Al confirmed that the pilot was returning the plane to Israel in order to fix the tire and said that passengers will be taken care of by El Al representatives at the airport.

Convoys of Magen David Adom ambulances and first responders are at Ben-Gurion Airport to tend to the passengers.

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