Israeli leader’s El Al 777 damaged during pushback

Aviation

One of El Al’s Boeing 777-200ERs, being used to transport Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been damaged in a ramp accident at Warsaw.

The aircraft – a 17-year old Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered twinjet, registered 4X-ECC – was being pushed from its parking stand at 01:15 on 15 February, says Warsaw airport’s operator.

It states that Netanyahu was on board at the time. He had arrived in Warsaw on 13 February for a Middle East summit.

Warsaw airport’s operator states that the accident damaged the aircraft’s nose-gear and fuselage skin. It has not detailed the reasons for the damage.

None of those on board or on the ground was injured, and passengers disembarked safely, but the flight was subsequently cancelled.

Poland’s air accident investigation authority PKBWL is probing the circumstances of the event.

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