Donald Trump, US President, has cancelled a planned visit to the ancient mountain fortress of Masada in Israel after authorities told him that he could not land his helicopter on top of the UNESCO-listed site.
It comes after an Israeli Air Force (IAF) regulation prevents helicopters landing at the summit of the Masada site, according to Israel’s Channel 2 broadcaster.
Reports say reason for the regulation is that helicopters on approach create dust, making landing at the desert site 1,300 feet above sea level precarious.
Trump declined to land the helicopter at a base of the historic site and then take the cable car up.
The president, who was meant to deliver a speech, will now speak at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declined to comment, referring any matters involving Trump’s schedule to the U.S. government. The Israeli Foreign Ministry also declined to comment on Trump’s schedule.
- Bola Kougbe