Passengers wait in line at Ben Gurion Airport
Passengers wait in line at Ben Gurion AirportAvi Dishi/Flash90

A Wizz Air flight on Monday morning from Tel Aviv to Latvia had to make an emergency landing back to Ben Gurion International Airport shortly after takeoff.

According to the pilot, the engine was experiencing trouble while the airplane was over the Mediterranean Sea, and subsequently, a level 2 emergency was declared at Ben Gurion airport.

As the flight was on its return, a number of ambulances from Tel Aviv and several other municipalities nearby were placed on standby.

After the plane landed, the 178 passengers on board the flight were met with a number of firefighting crews, emergency personnel and members of Magen David Adom.

Luckily, there were no immediately reported injuries on the flight.

Wizz Air responded: “Wizz Air flight W6 2542 from Tel Aviv to Riga on 30 July experienced a technical fault shortly after take-off. The flight crew followed standard procedures and performed a mayday call in order to receive priority landing permission. The aircraft landed safely and uneventful and passengers were disembarked normally. The aircraft is currently under inspection. We will do our very best to keep all travelers well informed about the new time of departure. Wizz Air sincerely apologizes to all passengers affected by this situation. The safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”