An El Al
flight on its way to Israel from Newark Airport early Friday morning (Israel time) made an emergency landing in Halifax after the aircraft was reported filled up with smoke, according to flight trackers.
Flight trackers said that the plane landed safely.The flight was operated by a Boeing 777-258 (ER) that has a capacity of 279 passengers. It was scheduled to depart at 8 p.m. local time from Newark, one of the airports serving the greater New York area. It took off on time and was scheduled to arrive in Israel at 1:20 p.m. Israel time, roughly three hours before the beginning on Shabbat.
Shortly after its departure, the aircraft was reportedly filled with smoke, compelling the crew to ask for an emergency landing in Canada. As per standard procedure in such cases, the plane dumped some fuel to reduce its weight before landing.
The flight is a popular route among Israelis and Americans making their way to Israel before Shabbat.