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El Al Flight Recalled To Israel After Security Alert – OpEd


The father of a passenger on an El Al flight from Ben Gurion to Hong Kong reported some strange goings-on last night. Here is what he wrote me:

Last night July 21st 2012 ELAL flight LY75 from Tel Aviv to Hong Kong turned back one hour after leaving Ben Gurion airport. The passengers were told after landing that there was a hydraulic problem. Wwhen they landed the plane was surrounded by ambulances and security forces. The flight was then delayed and eventually left at 7:04AM this morning.

Not one Israeli media outlet has written anything about this incident, which is suspicious, as they usually report on events like these. The only reason I can see for this media silence is a gag order by the courts. This would suggest that it was not a technical problem but a security issue.

Indeed, he appears to be correct. This online flight forum post confirms this news. My Israel source reports through his security contacts that there was a security alert and that it’s “highly classified.” Israel is on a heightened state of alert since recent terror attacks in Bulgaria and attempted attacks elsewhere. I’m guessing that either there was such an attack on the plane or that they anticipated such an attack. It may not have happened or it may have been thwarted. Either an attacker or passenger may’ve been injured.

Given the state of siege Israel implements regarding such security secrets, no one may find out what really happened for some time. If I can exert some pressure via this blog then perhaps it will loosen the tongue of the national security state.

What really happened on Flight 75, Israel?

This article appeared in Tikun Olam

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Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

One thought on “El Al Flight Recalled To Israel After Security Alert – OpEd

  • July 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    The EL AL LY075 TLV-HKK flight landed again for technical reasons. The SQUAK was 5602 not 7700 or 7500. The plane turned left and than south HDG 179 southeast of Larnaca. They make a normal descend and approach to LLBG again as a safty landing. No other reasons about. It was a B777-258ER registered 4X-ECC. No cause for concern. 4X-ECC startetd this morning again as LY075 to HKK.


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