An Arkia Israeli Airlines passenger plane, which served the Defense Ministry, landed at the Ovda airbase in the Negev on Sunday after it struck a bird.
After the pilot reported that the plane had struck a bird, Israel Air Force ground crews positioned ambulances and fire trucks near the runway. Arkia stressed that the plane's original destination was Ovda and that it did not make an emergency landing.
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Arkia said the plane's exterior was damaged. "It is important to note that during the flight the passengers and the plane were never in danger and the plane did not make an emergency landing," the airlines said.
When a light came on in the cockpit indicating that one of the engine's had caught fire, the pilot radioed in his intention to carry out an emergency landing, Ben Gurion Airport declared a level-2 emergency situation.
The plane's captain later said, "There was no fire in the engine at any stage. When we noticed that the warning light was on, we immediately turned the engine off. The passengers were never in danger."
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