Ben Gurion airport 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Fears of a fuel crisis Sunday morning followed Saturday night's
discovery of a water problem in Ben Gurion International Airport's jet
According to tests conducted by Paz Nachsei Teufah, the
company responsible for maintaining the quality of airport fuel at
Ben-Gurion, water levels in airport jet 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.
Flights resume at Ben Gurion after fuel contamination
Ben Gurion Airport resumes normal fueling procedures
a result, the airport cautioned travelers that it may have to alter or
cancel long-distance flights scheduled for Sunday evening.
to Israeli media, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) 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.
The IAA 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
The current fuel crisis occurred six months after a similar debacle grounded and delayed dozens of flights over fuel contamination in May.
That contamination occurred because the electronic filters used to clean
the fuel had not been changed for a decade, a commission tasked by the
National Infrastructure Ministry reported.
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
Globes contributed to this report.