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Flight from Dubai Lands in Israel

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

A Royal Jordanian Airbus A320 flight from Dubai to Amman, Jordan was forced to make an emergency landing, in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport.

The plane, RJA611, was diverted due to poor landing conditions in Jordan, and low fuel.

The plane landed safely at 3:15 PM.

Airport personnel gave the passengers Krembos (a cookie and cream treat).

Passengers on the flight from Dubai receive Krembos after landing in Israel.

Passengers on the flight from Dubai receive Krembos after landing in Israel.

Russian Officials Says Plane Broke in Mid-Air Raising Speculation of a Bomb On Board

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) The Russian Airbus that crashed in the Sinai Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, broke apart “in the air,” according to a senior official of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee. RIA-Novosti reported that committee chief Viktor Sorochenko believes “the disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area.” However, Sorochenko cautioned it was “too early to draw conclusions.” Sorochenko is part of an international panel of experts from Russia, Egypt, France and Ireland investigating the crash.

According to The Telegraph, Egypt’s civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal reported there was been no evidence of problems during the flight: “Up until the crash happened, we were never informed of any faults in the plane, nor did we receive any SOS calls,” Kamal said. All contact with air traffic control was normal, and the routine, pre-flight checks showed no problems, he added.

Earlier, Ayman al-Muqadem, a member of the Egyptian Aviation Incidents Committee, said the pilot reported technical difficulties before losing contact with air traffic controllers, and asked to land at the nearest airport.

Experts have doubted ISIS’ boasting, accompanied by a video claiming to show that their affiliates in the Sinai shot the plane down, suggesting it was impossible for a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher to hit the plane at its cruising altitude of 31,000 ft. However, an advanced surface-to-air missile could do it. Should ISIS have been able to acquire such a system in Iraq or Syria and manage to transport it to the Sinai, under the watch of both the Egyptian and Israeli armies—then taking down an Airbus could have been carried out.

Le Parisien quoted former French intelligence agent Yves Trotignon, who pointed out that ISIS’ claim was vague on how the flight was actually destroyed. Normally, the ISIS videos showing the downing of enemy aircraft are accompanied by a live sound track, rife with astonished cries of “Allahu akbar” as the target is hit. The newest video is silent, accompanied by an Arabic song track. It also starts with a plane flying and getting hit, absent the usual “before” shots that lend the video context and authenticity.

“The [ISIS] statement does not say they shot it down, but that they destroyed it,” Trotignon said. “You could imagine explosives on board, or sabotage.”

Defense Ministry Official: Eilat Bound Aircraft Receive Triple Protection against Missiles

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israeli government is still waiting, like the rest of us, for results from the Egyptian investigation of the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai on its way from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. Although it is not largely believed that this was done deliberately, as ISIS is claiming, Israeli state officials are still waiting to see proof that the Islamic State is not behind the crash.

Amos Gilad, head of the political and security office in the Defense Ministry, told Walla on Sunday: “We trust the Egyptian statements which have shown good judgment and a professional examination. ISIS do have anti-aircraft missiles, but not the type that can hit a plane at a cruising altitude (the Russian plane was at an altitude of 40 thousand feet and shoulder-fired missiles simply do not reach that far up). There will be an in-depth investigation to rule out any possibilities of terror. Right now, they’re leaning towards a technical malfunction.”

Regarding the suspension of Air France and Lufthansa flights that pass over the Sinai, Gilad said: “These private companies have decided to suspend flights until they see the test results. Israeli companies will continue flying to Eilat normally because their airplanes are protected in three envelopes. The Elbit defense system is most impressive technologically, and Israel has adopted it. In addition, the Israeli Intelligence and deterrence systems are operating to prevent this kind of situation. Israel is well aware of the range of threats emanating from ISIS. This is a murderous organization with extremist ideologies that tries to undermine the existing order in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s air safety regulator has ordered Metrojet, the airline whose charter plane crashed in the Sinai, to suspend flights pending the probe, Al Ahram reported. Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport safety watchdog, on Sunday ordered the carrier to ground its fleet of Airbus A321s following Saturday’s crash.

Nadler Introduces Legislation to Keep Families Seated Together on Flights

Friday, July 31st, 2015

(JNi.media) Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation to help keep families seated together on commercial flights.

HR 3334, The Families Flying Together Act of 2015, would require the US Department of Transportation to direct airlines to notify passengers traveling with minors if seats are not available together at the initial booking stage, and for each airline to establish a policy to ensure, to the extent practicable, that families are seated together during flights.

“Air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without adding new stresses,” Nadler said, adding, “Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’ seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights. It is positively absurd to expect a two- or three-year-old to sit unattended, next to strangers, on an airplane. It is up to air carriers to make their seating policies clear and easily accessible to the public.”

The current bill to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expires at the end of September. Davis and Nadler are working with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to get these provisions included in the upcoming reauthorization.

In 2012, Congressman Nadler introduced a bipartisan bill secure equal treatment of Palestinian and Jewish refugees, “strongly” encouraging the US administration, when speaking on the issue of Middle Eastern refugees at international forums, to pair any explicit reference to Palestinian refugees with similar reference to Jewish and other refugee populations.

Green Lasers Target Blue and White Airplanes

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Flight LY81 departing from Ben Gurion Airport to Bangkok on Sunday night was targeted with a green laser at least 3 times, according to a passenger who contacted JNi.media. The passenger, who lives in Samaria, identified the laser beam as coming from the village of Beit Ur al-Tachta, some 15 miles from the airport.

Dozens of pilots in the US and Europe have reported being flashed with green laser beams. When somebody aims a laser at the cockpit, it can flash-blind the pilot to the point that he can’t see anything. If the beam gets both eyes, the pilot is disabled.

Last year, the FAA reported 3,894 laser incidents, and this year pilots in the US have already experienced more than 2,750 laser flashes.

An El Al spokesperson told JNi.media she could not confirm or deny the information, as the company does not keep a record of these incidents. According to the spokesperson, the green lasers pose no risk to El Al flights, and El Al complies with all security requirements.

Flight tracking websites such as Flight Aware help track the progress of flights to and from Ben Gurion. A terrorist living near the airport, looking to disrupt an El Al flight, could easily use websites like this to determine if the flight that just took off belongs to El Al.

Firefighting in Jerusalem

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Firefighters fought a large fire in Ein Yael, Jerusalem, located opposite the Biblical Zoo, and up the road from Malcha Mall.

A firefighting plane had to be called in to control the blaze.

Firefighter in Ein Yael

Technical Problem Forces El Flight to NY to Return to Israel

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Passengers flying to New York at 1 a.m. Monday enjoyed a short flight before finding themselves back at Ben Gurion Airport after a technical problem was discovered.

El Al technicians had fixed the problem, or at least thought they had fixed it, before the plane took off after a four-hour delay at 5 a.m.

After approximately one-third of their way to New York, the pilot and crew turned back to Ben Gurion after discovering that the problem occurred again.

Passengers took off for a second time around 11 a.m. on a different plane.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/technical-problem-forces-el-flight-to-ny-to-return-to-israel/2015/06/01/

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