Last-Minute Engine Trouble Forces Israir Cancellation on Runway

YERUSHALAYIM -

An Israir flight to Bulgaria was prevented from taking off from Ben Gurion airport on Thursday morning when the plane developed engine trouble while still on the runway.

Israir issued a statement acknowledging the incident: “During takeoff a warning light turned on. The flight was stopped, the plane returned to terminal and the passengers got off the plane. The passengers received coupons for breakfast. At this stage, additional checks are being undertaken to verify that the problem is dealt with and, in parallel, the company is preparing a substitute plane.”

In contrast to the routine tone of the company’s statement, at least one passenger told it differently, according to Arutz Sheva.

“A” asserted that there had been “complete chaos this morning on flight 711 of Israir. The plane got on the runway, started to take off and suddenly braked, and immediately afterward emergency teams came onto the runway.”

The passenger said a strong smell of smoke filled the air. “The pilot announced that there was a problem with one of the engines, and the passengers had to get off again and wait without knowing when, if at all, there would be a replacement flight.”