JERUSALEM (AP) – A Turkish plane carrying 294 passengers landed safely at Israel’s international airport Thursday after the pilot said he was having trouble with the landing gear, reportedly because of a computer glitch.

The Airbus plane landed safely at Ben Gurion airport with its wheels locked in place normally, Israeli media reported. The plane was flown by a Turkish charter company.

An emergency had been declared at the airport when the pilot reported trouble, and rescue vehicles raced to the scene in preparation for an emergency landing.

Channel 10 TV reported that the pilot said there was a problem with the nose wheel. Israel Radio played recordings of the pilot talking to the control tower, receiving clearance for landing.

Turkey’s Anatolia news agency, reporting from Jerusalem, said a glitch in the plane’s computer system caused the problem, which occurred as the aircraft was preparing to land.

The plane landed after air traffic controllers were able to see the landing gear and advised the pilot that all appeared to be in order, it said.


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