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El-Al's near accident may reduce flights to Eilat

Airline's head pilot asks general director to discontinue after-dark flights to Eilat due to near crash into Eilat Mountains last month

El Al is considering restricting its flights to Eilat, Channel 10 reported Sunday, after one of the airline's planes nearly crashed the Eilat Mountains last month, as some 100 passengers were on board.


The plane, 737 Boeing, was told by the Eilat control tower to postpone landing in the southern city seeing as the strip was unprepared. In order to stay in the air, the pilots climbed up, unknowingly – due to foggy weather – coming too close to the mountains.


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The systems alerted the near crash, at which point the pilots flew over the mountainous area, forced to fly over Egyptian territory – an unauthorized move unless coordinated in advanced.


Following the incident, the head pilot urged EL Al general director to discontinue after-dark flights to Eilat "despite economic and commercial repercussions."


The Israel Airports Authority and El Al decided to suspend the pilots until an inquiry was completed.


El Al stated: "The company turned to the Israel Airports Authority in order to find a suitable solution to problems regarding the Eilat airport.



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