Ben Gurion announces highest emergency level as plane with torn tire nears

Ben Gurion Airport announces Emergency Condition 3, its highest emergency level as over 100 rescue crews, ambulances and fire trucks prepare to receive the Boeing 737 plane whose tire exploded during takeoff in Cologne, Germany.

Ramon Airport in the south is preparing to receive flights that might be diverted from Ben Gurion if the landing strip can’t be cleared quickly.

The flight, with 152 people on board, is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion in about 30 minutes, at 4:05 p.m. local time.

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