Flight from NY to Israel makes emergency stop in Athens

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August 15, 2013 11:52

 
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An incoming El Al flight to Tel Aviv from New York landed in Athens on Thursday morning after a smoke detector alarm sounded, the company said. The flight, El Al 004 from John F. Kennedy Airport, contained 324 passengers and crew members on the Boeing-747 aircraft.

After debarking the plane, passengers were sent to hotels within the city, while a team of El Al technicians left from Tel Aviv to Athens in order to evaluate the plane.

“El Al considers flight safety of paramount importance and is handling the subject with precision regarding every detail,” a statement from the company said.

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