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El Al Flight Arrives in Israel After Emergency Landing

An El Al flight that made its way from Thailand and was forced to make an emergency landing in Eritrea arrived safely in Israel.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/10/2013, 2:12 AM

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An El Al flight that made its way from Thailand to Israel and was forced to make an emergency landing in Eritrea, arrived safely at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday night.

The flight, en route from Bangkok to Tel Aviv, landed in the Eritrean capital of Asmara on Wednesday morning after a technical fault was discovered in one of the plane’s engines.

The 767 Boeing airplane landed safely in Asmara and none of the passengers were injured. They did, however, have to wait for hours at the Eritrean airport until a new plane was flown in from Israel.

In August, an El Al flight en route from New York to Israel was forced make an emergency landing in Athens, after smoke was spotted in the plane.

The plane landed without further incident.  No damage or casualties were reported.  El Al technicians looked into the source of the problem and the passengers returned to Tel Aviv after a delay of more than 12 hours.

Also in August, an Arkia airplane carrying 72 passengers landed safely at the Ben Gurion Airport after the crew of the plane, that was making its way from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Tel Aviv, reported a technical failure in the plane’s engine.

Rescue crews were deployed to the airport, but the plane landed safely and there were no injuries.