US-bound flight makes emergency landing at B-G

Continental Airlines flight forced to land after pilot reports smoke coming from baggage compartment; 280 passengers on board.

November 9, 2011 14:31
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A US-bound Continental Airlines flight made a successful emergency landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday, after the pilot reported smoke coming from the baggage compartment.

The flight, with 280 passengers on board, landed safely shortly after taking off from Ben-Gurion en route to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

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Magen David Adom dispatched 45 ambulances and 17 mobile units to meet the plane on the runway after airport officials sent out an alert at 12:20 p.m.

Police and firefighting crews also arrived on the tarmac to assess the Boeing 777 passenger jet's situation upon its landing.

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