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Arkia Plane in Emergency Landing, Passengers Safe

Turboprop plane with 67 on board forced to land after engine catches fire.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/13/2013, 1:32 PM

Arkia jet
Arkia jet
Israel news photo: Flash 90

An Arkia flight from Eilat to Tel Aviv with 67 people on board made a successful emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport after one of its engines caught fire, Maariv-NRG reported Sunday.

Passengers and crew on the flight are reportedly all safe and sound.

After the pilot radioed in his intention to carry out an emergency landing, Ben Gurion Airport made emergency preparations, including the deployment of Magen David Adom and fire rescue services.

The ATR type plane was in midair when the pilot noticed that one of its Turboprop engines was on fire. He shut off the engine and proceeded to carry out an emergency landing.

Passengers are being transported by bus to Sde Dov in Tel Aviv.