File photo shows Ben Gurion international airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, July 25, 2007
File photo shows Ben Gurion international airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, July 25 2007. A Greek charter plane made an emergency landing at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Thursday after the pilot had sent out a distress signal, an airport official told AFP. © Jack Guez - AFP/File
File photo shows Ben Gurion international airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, July 25, 2007
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Last updated: July 11, 2013

Greek plane makes emergency landing in Tel Aviv

A Greek charter plane made an emergency landing at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Thursday after the pilot had sent out a distress signal, an airport official told AFP.

"The airport was placed on a state of alert after receiving a distress message about a technical problem but the aircraft landed without incident," the official said.

Israeli media had earlier identified the aircraft as a Jordanian passenger plane.

"The pilot on his approach to Ben Gurion airport told the control tower the plane had a serious problem with the hydraulic system," the official said.

"The airport was placed on a state of alert. We mobilised ambulances and firefighters to be ready for all eventualities, but the pilot managed to maintain control of the aircraft until it landed," he added.

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