Firefighting teams at the scene extinguished the flames and the airport was closed for landings and take-offs.
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The IDF launched an investigation and the aircraft's mechanisms are being examined. The fire was probably the result of a short circuit.
"Apparently a generator in the Hercules' cargo hold caught fire," Nathan Ben-Shimol, spokesperson of the Galilee and Golan Fire Department, told Ynet. "The plane made an emergency landing, the airport's firefighters arrived at the scene and seven Galilee firefighting teams were called in. There were no injuries. The plane was damaged. After an hour the airport was reopened."
Some two weeks ago a pilot discovered a technical malfunction in the F-16 he was trying to land. The pilot and the navigator abandoned the aircraft and all Barak F-16 planes were consequently grounded. The Barak planes resumed full activity on Thursday.
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