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Safety: British Airways airplane escapes rocket fire, makes emergency U-turn to London before landing in Tel Aviv

*British Airways flight BA165 from London, in the United Kingdom to Tel Aviv, in Israel, Wednesday, October 11 made an abrupt U-turn shortly before it was due to land in the Israeli city currently under rocket fire, making the airline to cancel all flights to and from the city

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

A British Airways flight from London, in the United Kingdom (UK), to Tel Aviv, in Israel,made an abrupt U-turn shortly before it was due land in the Israeli city Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

ConsumerConnect learnt the British flag carrier  had canceled all flights to the destination amid aviation safety concerns.

Flight BA165 from this airport was on approach to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport when it was called back to London, according to the FlightRadar24 airplane tracking Web site.

British Airways also confirmed to CNN that the flight was turned around shortly before it was due to land in the northern Israeli city, which has come under rocket fire as intense fighting rages between Israel forces and Hamas.

The airline said it had halted services to and from Tel Aviv as of late Wednesday.

“Safety is always our highest priority and following the latest assessment of the situation, we’re suspending our flights to and from Tel Aviv,” it said in a statement to CNN.

What travellers need to know about Israel and Gaza

The airline said it was contacting customers booked to travel to or from Tel Aviv to apologize for the disruption and to offer options including refunds or rebooking with other airlines.

“We continue to monitor the situation in the region closely.” British Airways did not say when flights would resume.

What other airlines are doing

Numerous other international airlines with connections to Tel Aviv have suspended services as attacks have escalated.

Virgin Atlantic and US carriers, including Delta, United and American Airlines have all cancelled flights or codeshare services in recent days.

Meanwhile, several  countries, including the United States, Nigeria, and others are making special repatriation flights to airlift their citizens out of Israel, according to report.

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