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Passenger plane makes emergency landing

Aircraft with 67 people on board comes down safely at Ben Gurion Airport after suspected fire in engine

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An illustrative photo of a plane landing at Ben Gurion Airport. (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami / Flash 90)
An illustrative photo of a plane landing at Ben Gurion Airport. (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami / Flash 90)

An Arkia Israel Airlines passenger plane made an emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday after a warning light indicated there was a fire in one of its two engines.

The ATR-type aircraft, carrying 67 passengers and crew, was heading from Eilat to Sde Dov airfield near Tel Aviv when a light came on in the cockpit alerting the two pilots to a problem with one of the plane’s propeller engines.

The crew alerted passengers to the situation and asked them to assume emergency positions as the plane diverted to Israel’s largest international airport, where rescue response teams were on hand to receive them.

The plane landed safely with no injuries reported.

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