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[AOL] An EL AL Israel Airlines plane that took off from London for Tel Aviv Thursday night had to return to Heathrow airport after an engine failed.

A  "bang" was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail.

A “bang” was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail. Photo: Wikipedia

The Boeing 747 was carrying 411 passengers and crew at the time of the incident, and the plane had reached 26,000 feet when a “bang” was heard on the right wing and the number four engine began to fail.

The smell of burning wafted into the cabin, according to reports.

Captain Ilan Margalit, 58, told the Globes newspaper that a flight attendant informed him flames were seen in the engine.

He said: “We immediately took fire suppressing measures in the engine, something we’ve been trained an uncountable number of times in the simulator. We did it from memory, without the need to consult the manual.

“These actions included shutting down the engine, closing the engine’s fuel line, and pulling the fire suppressing handle, which arms the fire suppressant bottles.

“Since there was no indication of fire in the engine, the bottles were not used.”

Margalit, who has been working for El Al for 17 years, called the control tower at Heathrow and declared an emergency.

He told the Globe: “I called Mayday, Mayday, Mayday to the London control tower and immediately turned around to land at Heathrow. We were back on the ground within 15 minutes.

“Although this happens to a pilot once in a lifetime, the plane was not in danger. I could have continued to fly to Tel Aviv on three engines, but we’re educated at El Al not to take any risk.
Safety is paramount. I declared an emergency, not because the plane was in danger, but because to get the full attention of the Heathrow control tower and all the quiet to fly without disturbances.”

Mr Margalit added that he kept the passengers and crew calm with constant explanations of what was happening, adding that out of the 411 passengers and crew, there was only one panicked traveller.

He said that a plane may be in danger when it loses both engines on the same side, but added: “We’re trained for that too.”

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AOL Travel
Jul 6, 2012


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[ynetnews.com] Pegasus Airlines to launch new Tel Aviv-Istanbul route with flights priced at only $70 one way.

Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country

Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country.

The recent drop in the number of Israeli tourists traveling to Turkey and the ongoing diplomatic rift between the two countries has not stopped Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines from announcing Tel Aviv as its newest destination.

The low-cost air carrier is set to launch its Istanbul-Tel Aviv route on June 18. Tickets, which have already gone on sale, are to start at $69.99 one way, including taxes and fees. The airline is to operate six weekly flights each way. Travelers wishing to continue to destinations beyond Istanbul are given the option to purchase the additional flight for a moderate fee.

Time will tell whether the lucrative pricing would be enough to lure Israelis back to Turkey.

Despite the fact that ties between the two countries reached a historic low following an IDF raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound maritime flotilla in May 2010, and the subsequent expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, Turkey continued to woo Israelis at the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Tel Aviv earlier this year….

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Aviel Magnezi
Published: 23rd April 2012



[Mancunian Matters] EasyJet unveiled their first flight route between Manchester Airport and Tel Aviv, Israel, this week.

The news will surely be welcomed by members of Manchester’s Jewish community

The news will surely be welcomed by members of Manchester’s Jewish community

he budget airline will fly twice weekly between the two cities from November 1 of this year, and passengers are hoping the famously low-cost airline will provide serious competition for other tour operators currently offering the route, such as Jet2.com and British Airways.

EasyJet UK commercial manager Ali Gayward said the company was inspired to introduce the new route due to the cultural link between the North West of England and Israel.

She said: “The service will offer great opportunities for both British and Israeli travellers wishing to travel between two of the world’s great cities.”

Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) said: “Tel Aviv is a popular destination that’s increasing in prominence and we know that it’s very popular for passengers returning to the North West and seeing friends and family in Israel.”

The news will surely be welcomed by members of Manchester’s Jewish community, which is estimated to have a population of around 30,000…..

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By Shanna McGoldrick
Saturday, April 21, 2012