El Al plane set to make emergency landing in Tel Aviv
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El Al plane set to make emergency landing in Tel Aviv

Emergency services stand by after flight to Kiev turns around over a busted tire

An El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Kiev, Ukraine was returning to Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday night, after flight crew discovered a rupture in the aircraft tire.

The plane, which was carrying 182 passengers, was set to make an emergency landing around midnight local time.

Medical services were standing by and a state of emergency was declared at the airport.

The El Al flight — run by its low-cost carrier UP — was scheduled to depart Tel Aviv at 6:30 p.m. but only took off some three hours later.

Ambulance crews ready for an emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport, August 28, 2016. (MDA)
Ambulance crews ready for an emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport, August 28, 2016. (MDA)

Shortly after takeoff, the crew noticed a tire was damaged, and the decision was made to return due to the mechanical malfunction. The plane later circled over Israel to unload fuel.

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