Plane lands safely after level 3 emergency procedure at Ben Gurion airport

An Electra Airways flight from Cologne, Germany landed safely at Ben Gurion airport after a problem was detected in one of its wheels.

Ben Gurion Airport declared a level 3 emergency, with hundreds of firefighters and first response teams on site amid reports of at least one tire that exploded when the aircraft took off from Cologne.

The plane carrying 152 passengers on board was escorted by Israeli Air Force jets that were on hand to check the damage and help evaluate the danger expected during the landing.

The aircraft circled over the Mediterranean aiming to shed fuel and reduce its weight ahead of an emergency landing with an empty fuel tank to avoid the flameout.