AMSTERDAM (JTA) – An El Al plane was badly damaged in an accident caused by a local employee of Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands’ main hub for international traffic.
The accident Friday morning at Schiphol, in which no one was injured, ruptured the tip of the wing of the El Al Boeing 737 airplane as it taxied on the runway with 150 passengers aboard, a Schiphol Airport spokesperson told the Dutch AT5 television channel.
The plane, which was headed to Israel, bumped into a perimeter fence while being pushed back by a Schiphol vehicle. The passengers were evacuated from the plane and housed in hotels at El Al’s expense. They are to stay in the Netherlands at least until Saturday evening, as El Al will be unable to bring them back to Israel before the Jewish Sabbath.