Plane collision narrowly averted at Ben Gurion Airport
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Plane collision narrowly averted at Ben Gurion Airport

Control tower orders Easyjet flight to pull out of landing to avoid Turkish Airlines plane readying to take off

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

File. An Easyjet Airline flight at Ben Gurion International Airport (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
File. An Easyjet Airline flight at Ben Gurion International Airport (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

An Easyjet flight from Berlin was forced to abort a landing at Ben Gurion Airport at the last minute on Tuesday to avoid an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines plane.

The Turkish plane was reportedly drawing too close to a take-off lane near the runway. Air control had told the Turkish Airlines plane to wait, but the plane had continued to advance.

The Easyjet plane was only 300 meters (1,000 feet) above the ground when a flight inspector in the airport control tower ordered its pilots to turn back up and circle in the air.

Once the inspectors were sure that the danger of collision had passed, they told the pilots to circle once more and come down to land.

Illustrative: A Turkish Airlines flight on the runway at Ben Gurion International Airport, August 3, 2013. (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative: A Turkish Airlines flight on the runway at Ben Gurion International Airport, August 3, 2013. (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Nobody was hurt and no damage was caused to either plane. The airports authority was investigating the incident.

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