152 Passengers Escape Death As Plane’s Wheel Explodes During Takeoff

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More than 150 passengers on an Electra Airways Boeing 737-400 escaped death on Monday, after it lost one of its wheels during takeoff in Cologne, Germany.

The plane made an emergency landing at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, after it had circled over the Mediterranean sea for a while.

More than 100 ambulances were reportedly deployed to the airport, while all other flights were cancelled or diverted.

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The plane had been expected to land by 4.15pm local time.

Hundreds of emergency service personnel also gathered at the airport in preparation. 

According to Jerusalem post, the Israeli Air Force dispatched fighter jets to survey the damaged wheel and guide it into the airport. 

After circling in a holding pattern to burn fuel, the plane eventually touched down at 4.25 pm local time, using engine braking to keep pressure off the tires.

No injuries were reported as passengers disembarked on the tarmac.

 

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