El Al 777 Makes Safe Emergency Landing in Tel Aviv After Gear Problem
El Al Flight 27 from Tel Aviv to Newark has turned back to its origin after a landing gear malfunction. The Boeing 777-200ER is due to land at 5:15 am local time Monday, which is 10:15 pm ET.
The left main landing gear of the widebody jet, carrying 280 passengers and crew, is reportedly stuck in the up position and the plane will be forced to make a gear up landing.
Israeli Air Force fighter jets have been dispatched to examine the plane in the air as it dumps fuel over the Mediterranean Sea.
Over 70 ambulances have staged at Ben Gurion International Airport. A major highway has been closed to allow the ambulances to easily reach hospitals if needed.
Video of emergency responders waiting for landing: