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Plane with torn tire and 152 passengers set for emergency landing at Ben Gurion

Ben Gurion Airport is preparing for a possibly rocky touchdown for a Boeing 737 plane expected to land at the airport at about 4 p.m. local time.

The plane, which belongs to Electra Air, took off from Cologne, Germany. Shortly after takeoff, ground crews in Cologne found pieces of one of the plane’s tires on the runway.

The plane has 152 passengers.

Officials don’t yet know which wheel is damaged, or the extent of the damage. As the plane comes in for a landing at Ben Gurion, it is slated to do a close fly-by of the control tower, to allow safety officials a view of the wheels.

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