Boeing 737-400 jet operated by Electra Airways, a small Bulgarian charter airline, has landed safely at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport after one of its tires was blown out during takeoff in Cologne.
Staff at Ben Gurion were put on highest alert on Monday afternoon as the plane with 152 on board prepared to make an emergency landing.
More than 100 ambulances were scrambled to the scene and all other flights were cancelled or diverted.
After circling in a holding pattern to shed fuel, the 737 touched down at 4.25 PM local time, using engine braking to keep pressure off the tires.
No injuries were reported as passengers began disembarking on the tarmac.
Prior to landing, the plane had been escorted into Israeli airspace by two F-16 fighter jets.
The military pilots assessed the damage and reported one of the aircraft’s back left tires had been blown out.