After feared gas leak, UK-Israel flight makes emergency landing in Germany
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After feared gas leak, UK-Israel flight makes emergency landing in Germany

EasyJet plane stops in Berlin as crew members feel unwell with suspected carbon monoxide leak; passengers get to Ben Gurion on different aircraft

Illustrative: An easyJet airliner on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport, August 3, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative: An easyJet airliner on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport, August 3, 2013. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A flight from the UK to Israel was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany on Thursday evening, when passengers and crew were taken ill in a suspected carbon monoxide leak on the plane.

The easyJet flight from Manchester to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv made its unscheduled stop in Berlin, after three crew members on board complained of feeling unwell, the Daily Mail reported. The pilot of the Airbus A320 radioed German air traffic control to alert them to the emergency before landing.

Tests of the aircraft did not find increased carbon monoxide levels either inside the cabin or outside the plane. Airport emergency personnel also did not find any increased readings.

Four passengers were hospitalized for tests, the Mail said, once all the passengers and crew had been seen by paramedics at Schonefeld Airport in the German capital. All four were later released
having received an all clear.

The British newspaper the Jewish Chronicle said that there were 182 passengers on the flight and six crew members on the flight, including 42 children and babies.

Passengers later resumed the flight on a different plane with a different crew, arriving in Israel early Friday morning. EasyJet said that there had been an eight-hour delay in total.

An easyJet spokesman said that, “Paramedics who met the aircraft on arrival into Berlin took the decision, as a precaution only, to administer medical checks to everyone on board. Four passengers received medical checks at the hospital and subsequently returned to the airport.

“As a result of the delay the crew were unable to continue the flight as it would exceed their legal operating hours. EasyJet therefore arranged for a replacement crew and passengers continued their journey to Tel Aviv on another easyJet aircraft.”

The easyJet flights from Manchester to Tel Aviv, which operate twice a week, are hugely popular. EasyJet was named British Company of the Year at the British Israeli Business Awards in June.

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