Week of Mishaps for Israel’s El AL Airline

Thursday, May 22, 2014
By George Hatcher

EL ALEl Al Israel Airlines has probably had the toughest week in its history due to a series of consecutive unfortunate incidents.

On May 15, the EL Al flight 289, en route from Tel Aviv to Venice, had to make emergency landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, after its first officer passed out on the controls.

A few hours later on the same day, it was reported that another EL AL flight, bound from New York to Tel Aviv, was delayed by 4 hours. The delay was caused after some kids damaged the aircraft’s door.

In another incident, a cracked windshield forced the Brussels-bound EL AL flight 333 to return and make emergency landing at Tel Aviv.

The latest in the series is the May 20’s incident when unexpectedly, the oxygen masks deployed in a plane operated by El Al’s subsidiary ‘Up’, shortly before it took off. The passengers were then shifted to another plane which left the airport after a 3 hours delay.

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