Plane makes emergency landing after 'part of wheel falls off'
A plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Israel’s largest airport after part of a wheel fell off during take-off.
El Al flight 2521 left for Prague as scheduled this morning but did not reach the Czech capital.
Tracking data showed the Boeing 737-800 doing a U-turn around Yalvac, in Turkey, to return to Israel and doing several figure-eights around Ben Gurion International Airport before it could safely land.
Flightradar24 data showed the plane doing a U-turn and flying back to Israel.
Airline El Al, Israel’s flag carrier, told Haaretz the pilot decide to turn the plane around after detecting a ruptured right wheel.
Parts of the tyre had been found on the runway after take-off, the Israel Airports Authority announced.
The plane has safely landed at around 10.15am local time (8.15am BST) and was photographed being surrounded by fire engines.
A spokesperson for El Al told the Jerusalem Post it had 181 passengers and crew on board and the travellers would be transferred on to another flight by the airline.