An El Al plane carrying close to 300 people had to make an emergency landing in Billings, Montana at Logan International Airport.
The plane, a Boeing 777 had warning lights go off showing a fire in the right engine. The plane landed around 6:00 AM.
I came across this story from ABC News.
The Billings Gazette reports that “after about 12 hours total, the passengers boarded a new plane and departed“.
Fire crews were at the airport when the plane landed but “no fire was visible“. The article mentions that “the pilot discharged fire bottles — fire extinguishers — at the right engine“. The flight was heading from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles when it had to make the emergency landing.
This is pretty interesting. Due to the plane’s size it couldn’t land at the terminal and ladders had to be used to get the passengers off. The airport also has no customs agents so they had to come in from another area.
Due to this, passengers were bused to an airport terminal and sequestered there.
El Al fed the passengers and had to get accommodations for the 20 crew members. A plane from Newark Airport was flown to Billings to take the passengers to their intended destination, Los Angeles.
Find out more from the Billings Gazette here.
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