Ben Gurion airport 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Ben-Gurion Airport’s jet fuel supply was deemed safe for usage on Sunday,
allaying earlier fears that a fuel dilution problem may lead to canceled
flights, Israel Radio reported.
Airport authorities were scheduled to
check the fuel supply again on Monday as a cautionary measure.
Flights resume at Ben Gurion after fuel contamination
Ben Gurion Airport resumes normal fueling procedures
the announcement, some foreign airlines chose to fill their airplanes with
enough fuel at outside airports to avoid using fuel at Ben-Gurion, according to
the Israel Radio report.
On Sunday morning, fears of a fuel crisis
followed Saturday night’s discovery of a water problem in jet fuel at the
According to tests conducted by Paz Nachsei Teufah, the company
responsible for maintaining the quality of airport fuel at Ben- Gurion, water
levels in the fuel exceeded the state limit. It appeared that water might have
seeped into the fuel tanks, which apparently does not contaminate the fuel, but
does dilute it.
As a result, the airport cautioned travelers that it may
have to alter or cancel long-distance flights scheduled for Sunday
According to Israeli media, the Airports Authority was not
expected to cancel flights as of Sunday morning. At the same time, an emergency
fuel tanker was stationed at the airport to provide additional fuel.
Airports Authority informed foreign airports of the potential for delay Sunday
afternoon, according to Israel Radio.
Other airports in the country,
including Sde Dov in north Tel Aviv and Ovdat Airport in Eilat, were not
expected to experience delays, according to Israeli media.
fuel crisis occurred six months after a similar debacle
grounded and delayed
dozens of flights over fuel contamination in May.
occurred because the electronic filters used to clean the fuel had not been
changed for a decade, a commission tasked by the National Infrastructure
According to the report, the filters became so clogged
that they collapsed as the fuel passed through.
The commission also said
that a report on the dirty filters was written as early as February, but had not
been passed along to the proper authorities.Globes contributed to this