El Al Flight from NYC to Tel Aviv Makes Emergency Landing in Canada

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The Times of Israel reports: Flight LY008 was forced to land in the nearest airport, which was Goose Bay in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Hundreds of passengers had to remain on the plane for several hours while a replacement aircraft was sent from New York to take them on to Israel. With temperatures outside reportedly at -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees Celsius), passengers huddled under blankets to stay warm.

“We’ve been here about six and a half hours,” Chen Harel, one of the passengers told Hadashot news. “Every minute that passes is harder and harder for us, and we hope it will end quickly – there are adults and children here.”

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