El Al jet with tennis star on board forced to make emergency landing

Bird flies into one of the plane's engines; Dudi Sela among passengers.

October 3, 2008 09:34
El Al jet with tennis star on board forced to make emergency landing

dudi sela wins china semi 224.88. (photo credit: AP)


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An El Al plane heading to Israel from China was forced to make an emergency landing in Beijing overnight Thursday after a technical failure, caused when a bird flew into one of its engines. El Al said that a replacement jet would take off from China Friday in order to take the 150 passengers home before Shabbat commences. Among the passengers was Israeli tennis star Dudi Sela. Sela's brother, Ofer, told Army Radio that he spoke to Dudi when the plane was heading back to Beijing. "I got in contact with him and heard people in the background, noise and hysteria. They told them they were going to perform an emergency landing because one of the engines wasn't functioning," he said.

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