FAA bans all Israel flights over missile fear

Tuesday , July 22, 2014 - 2:44 PM

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By The Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration has now prohibited all US airlines from flying into Israel for the next 24 hours after reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, canceled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv. United Airlines, which has two flights daily to Israel out of Newark, N.J., did comment immediately on the status of those flights.

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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