An El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Venice was forced to make an emergency landing in Dubrovnik on Thursday when the pilot became too ill to perform his duties, Arutz Sheva reported.
“El Al flight 289 from Tel Aviv to Venice, with 98 passengers on board, landed in Dubrovnik after the first captain fell ill during the flight and was unable to fulfill his duties,” the airline said in a statement.
El Al arranged for a private plane to be sent with a replacement crew to fly the passengers to their original destination.
David Maimon, CEO of El Al, praised the management of the flight captain, the flight service management and the plane’s crew, “who remained cool and professional, helping treat the first-captain and landing the plane successfully.”
Maimon also spoke with the stricken first-captain to ascertain how he was feeling, and gave instructions that he be brought back to Israel on the private plane being dispatched.