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Flight bound for Israel makes emergency landing in Halifax after reports of smoke in cockpit

A Halifax Fire official confirms to HalifaxToday, the diversion to Halifax Stanfield came after reports of smoke in the cockpit of the airplane
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An El Al Israel Airlines flight bound for Tel Aviv from Newark, New Jersey was forced to make an emergency landing in Halifax late on Thursday night.

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

Spokesperson for the Halifax International Airport Authority, Tiffany Chase, said the pilot declared an emergency just after 11 p.m.

"That flight did arrive safely," she said. "Our emergency response team was on standby, ready to respond if needed, but no assistance was required and the pilot was able to taxi to the gate with no issues."

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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