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El Al flight makes emergency landing in Halifax

Christian Fernsby |
An El Al Israel Airlines flight bound for Tel Aviv from Newark, New Jersey was forced to make an emergency landing in Halifax late yesterday night.

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The diversion to Halifax Stanfield, Nova Scotia came after reports of smoke in the cockpit of El Al flight #LY26.

The plane landed safely shortly after 11 p.m. and did not require assistance, according to a spokesperson for the Halifax International Airport Authority.

A Halifax Fire official said there were no injuries to anyone on board.

"The aircraft is still here and the passengers were deplaned once it was determined the flight would not continue last night," HIAA spokesperson Tiffany Chase shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday.

The Boeing 777 was scheduled to depart Newark at 9 p.m. ATL, and arrive in Israel just before 4 a.m. local time in Tel Aviv.

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