Emergency on Delta Airlines: B747 returns to Tel Aviv, a city under rocket attack
370 passengers and 16 crew members traveling from Tel Aviv to New York were already on edge when they boarded Delta Airlines Flight 469 on Saturday.
370 passengers and 16 crew members traveling from Tel Aviv to New York were already on edge when they boarded Delta Airlines Flight 469 on Saturday. After constant rocket attacks by Palestine Hamas, some of these attacks aimed for Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv, everyone was glad to leave Israel on this US bound flight on Saturday evening.
Half an hour into the flight over the Mediterranean Ocean something went terribly wrong. Delta called it a “technical Problem” and the plane declared an emergency. Radar images showed Flight 469 in a holding pattern above the Mediterranean Sea, off the Israeli coast, for more than an hour.
In the meantime fire trucks and ambulances lined the runway.
This Delta Airlines Boeing 747 Aircraft landed back in Tel Aviv at around 2.30 am on Sunday morning.
Passengers were led off across the tarmac.
Apparently flaps on the jumbo jet failed to retract properly on takeoff about two hours earlier.
Delta spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said the crew made the emergency landing “out of an abundance of caution.” She said there was no indication the plane’s problem was related to the Israeli-Palestine conflict or terrorism.
The flight took off at 12.30 pm and is on it’s way to New York.