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Bizarre Accidents Plague Israel-related Flights

Two bizarre airline accidents that have occurred in recent days are related to Israeli travelers. On Friday, a 38-year old Israeli woman fell from the doorway of a Czech airliner in Hungary that was set to fly to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Dikla Abitbul was a passenger on a SmartWings jet when the doors were opened by the crew despite instructions from the flight deck to leave them closed after smoke was reported inside the cabin. Once the doors opened, emergency slides automatically deployed and passengers began to line up to leave the aircraft. Before she could use the slide, Abitbul fell to the tarmac, perhaps because of suction caused by the jet engines. She was hospitalized in critical condition in Budapest. A team of Israeli doctors was dispatched to Budapest to treat the victim.

On Wednesday morning at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, the nation’s primary gateway, two passenger jets collided as they pushed back from their respective gates. Each of the planes, a Boeing 767 belonging to El Al Israel Airlines and a 737 belonging to Germania, a German flag carrier, sustained damage to the rear of the aircraft, but no injuries were reported. The costly accident is being pinned on the driver of a tow tractor. Reports from the airport indicate the El Al plane got away lightly compared to the Germania craft which nearly lost its vertical stabilizer.

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