Greek plane makes safe emergency landing in Israel
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Greek plane makes safe emergency landing in Israel

Airport went on high alert after aircraft’s mayday call; 170 crew and passengers unharmed

Illustrative photo of planes at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv (photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of planes at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv (photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials said a Greek plane landed safely in Tel Aviv without anyone being hurt after issuing a mayday call to Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport.

Airport spokesman Ofer Lefler says the plane had apparently suffered a hydraulic problem before making the emergency landing Thursday around noon.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says all 170 passengers and crew are safe and well.

It was not immediate clear if the plane’s original destination was Israel or if it landed there because of the emergency.

Mayday signals are rare and security-conscious Israel went on high alert around the airport after Thursday’s call.

Israeli media reported that the emergency call prompted large numbers of ambulances and rescue teams to rush to the airport and hospitals were on standby.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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