Scare For Israel-NYC Flight
July 13, 2014 by staff
Scare For Israel-NYC Flight, A New York-bound Delta Air Lines flight from Israel declared an emergency and returned to Tel Aviv early Sunday after developing a mechanical problem, vexing passengers already on edge as Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks on the city.
Flight 469 – a Boeing 747 with 370 passengers and 17 crew members aboard – landed safely back at Ben Gurion Airport around 2:30 a.m. local time after flaps on the jumbo jet failed to retract properly on takeoff about two hours earlier, the airline said.
Delta spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said the crew made the emergency landing “out of an abundance of caution.” She said there was no indication the plane’s problem was related to the Israeli-Palestine conflict or t*rror*sm.
Passenger Michael Simon said the crew disclosed an unspecified problem with the plane about a half-hour into the flight. The mood on board, he said, “was not so much panic as bewilderment and frustration.”
“Obviously it has been a tense week in Tel Aviv,” he said.
Simon said they soon started circling and dumping fuel.
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