El Al 027 emergency vehicles
Emergency services waiting for El Al flight 027 to return for an emergency landing. Photo by Yaniv Kubovich
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A state of emergency was declared at Ben Gurion International Airport on the early hours of Monday morning, after a technical fault was discovered in an El Al flight headed for the United States.

Flight LY027 from Tel Aviv to Newark is carrying 276 passengers on a Boeing 777 model aircraft.

After take-off at 1:50am on Monday a technical fault was discovered in the left wheel of the plane. Following the discovery, the flight crew decided to return to Israel.

A state of emergency was declared and 70 ambulances, 20 fire trucks and numerous police vehicles arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport ahead of the emergency landing.

The aircraft is currently hovering above the Mediterranean Sea in order to get rid of excess petrol ahead of the emergency landing.

The plane is expected to land when the sun begins to rise, at approximately 5:30am.