It has emerged that a United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER bound for Tel Aviv turned back to San Francisco over Greenland earlier today following the ongoing events in Israel.
United Flight to Tel Aviv Turns Back to San Francisco: Israel War…
United flight UA954 departed San Francisco at 2025 local time last night, and was making good ground to Tel Aviv, Israel, before a decision was made to turn back to the U.S as the conflict worsened.
At the time of writing (7/10/23 @ 1620 UK time), the aircraft is still in the air and is getting closer to the West Coast-based airport.
Today’s flight was being operated by N2747U, one of United’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
As per data from Planespotters, N2747U is a 5.5 year old aircraft, which was delivered to the airline back in April 2018.
Flights from Tel Aviv continue to operate with heavy delays despite the ongoing conflict in Israel against Hamas following this morning’s interventions.
The image above shows current operations at the Israeli airport at the time of writing (07/10/23 @ 1530 UK time), with many of the departure and arrival boards highlighting heavy delays currently.
Attacks from Hamas began in the early hour of this morning, with thousands of rockets being deployed across the State of Israel.
Such munitions being fired around the country resulted in aircraft having to hold off the coast of Tel Aviv on grounds of safety.
It is understood the fighting has moved away from the Israeli airport, which is why flight operations in the area continue to run as planned.
But in the case of this United Airlines flight, it is clearly being deemed too unsafe to continue onwards to the Israeli airport from San Francisco. This is a developing story.
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