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With tensions running high in Tel Aviv this week passengers arrived to the airport in time to catch their flight to JFK from just as sirens were warning that rockets were being sent towards Tel Aviv from Militants that only days earlier claimed they would be sending rockets towards the airport and urged airlines to stop flying to Israel.
The Delta 747 flight 469 was bound for New York with a departure time of 12:30 AM on Saturday and was due to arrive in New York around 5:30 AM Sunday with 370 passengers and 17 crew on board.
Unfortunately after takeoff the plane experienced a issue that required the flight crew to perform an emergency landing at Tel Aviv out of an abundance of caution. The plane was reported to be about 90 minutes out over Cyprus where it had to start dumping fuel in order to make the landing.
The plane landed at the Ben Gurion Airport by 2:30 a.m. and the reason for the emergency landing was stated as flaps on the jumbo jet wouldn’t retract as they were supposed to. You can read more details in this AP story or join the discussion in this forum.
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