Israeli PM Netanyahu’s plane is damaged in minor crash ahead of take-off in Poland
- Benjamin Netanyahu and aides were on-board chartered El Al plane in Warsaw
- But a vehicle towing the Israeli PM’s jet on the runway crashed into the aircraft
- Pictures show large scrapes in the underbelly of the aircraft following the crash
- Netanyahu and his wife were taken off the plane and ushered back to their hotel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plane was damaged in a minor crash ahead of take-off in Poland last night, it has emerged.
The 69-year-old leader and his entire entourage were on-board the chartered El Al plane when a vehicle towing the aircraft on the runway crashed into it at Warsaw airport.
Pictures show large scrapes in the underbelly of the aircraft following the crash, which happened at the end of Netanyahu’s two-day visit to a high-profile security conference in the country.
Impact: Pictures show large scrapes in the underbelly of the aircraft following the crash
The 69-year-old leader and his entire entourage were on-board the chartered El Al plane when a vehicle towing the aircraft on the runway crashed into it at Warsaw airport
Netanyahu and his wife were taken off the plane and ushered back to their hotel where they stayed the night before flying out today at around noon.
Other aides, including Netanyahu’s national security adviser and his military secretary, spent the night on the aircraft, saying they did not want to go through the hassle of pre-boarding security checks again.
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A replacement plane was dispatched from Israel to urgently return the prime minster before the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath at sundown.
The mishap happened as Netanyahu’s government is trying to purchase an official plane for the prime minister to use.
It capped a tumultuous visit for Netanyahu, who was in Poland for a U.S.-sponsored security conference attended by several high-profile Arab officials from Gulf countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plane has been damaged in a minor crash ahead of take-off in Poland
Netanyahu had hoped to use the gathering to showcase his budding ties with the Gulf Arabs. But a verbal gaffe and a video leaked by his office threatened to overshadow the event.
On the eve of the meeting, Netanyahu appeared to call on other participants to prepare for “war with Iran.” His office later said he had been mistranslated and only called on other countries to “combat” Iranian influence in the region.
Late Thursday, his office briefly leaked a video showing Bahrain’s foreign minister, and representatives of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates playing down the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and harshly criticizing Iran.
Netanyahu’s office said the video’s release was a “technical error” and quickly deleted it.
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