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Airplane safety expert urges calm as Ben Gurion braces for emergency landing

Neri Yarkoni, an expert in airplane safety, urges Israeli media not to exaggerate reports of the emergency landing taking place at Ben Gurion.

“We need to calm down. If it were so desperate, the plane wouldn’t have come this entire way, but would have landed in Europe,” he says of the Boeing 737 whose tire apparently exploded during takeoff in Cologne, Germany.

“The best thing for the pilots to do now is to land normally, and there’s a procedure for preventing the other wheels from exploding. The landing has to be as gentle as possible,” Yarkoni says.

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