San Francisco-Tel Aviv Flight Diverted After Smell of Smoke in Cockpit

The San Francisco route was inaugurated last year, in part to cater to business travelers involved in the burgeoning high-tech links between Israel and Silicon Valley.

Gili Melnitcki
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United 954 diverted to Houston
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Gili Melnitcki
Gili Melnitcki

A United Airlines direct flight from San Francisco to Tel Aviv was diverted to Houston on Sunday after the smell of smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The Boeing 787 wide-bodied Dreamliner aircraft landed at Houston's Bush International Airport at 3:19 A.M. local time, according to the United Airlines website.

Flight 954 was initially scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 8:10 P.M. on Sunday. As of late afternoon Sunday, the airlines' website showed the flight scheduled to depart Houston at 9:45 A.M. local time (5:45 P.M. Israel time) and to arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 5:26 A.M. local time on Monday.

United, which also flies between Tel Aviv and Newark airport, began non-stop service between Tel Aviv and San Francisco in March of last year, in part to serve the burgeoning high-tech ties between Israel and Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco.