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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

El Al flight makes emergency landing in Eritrea due to engine trouble

An El Al flight en route from Bangkok to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Eritrea on Wednesday morning due to problems with the plane's engine.

The 218 passengers on flight LY 082 were still waiting for an alternative plane to continue their journey back to Israel.

The Boeing 767 jet took off from Bangkok on Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. A problem was detected in one its engines a few hours into the flight, and the pilots decided to make the emergency landing in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.

El Al said that it would be sending an alternative jet in the next few hours to retrieve the stranded passengers. "The safety of our passengers is the most important thing," the company said.

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