El Al flight to Moscow makes emergency landing in Azerbaijan due to sick passenger

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An El Al flight from Ben Gurion Airport bound for Russia made an emergency stopover in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku due to a passenger falling ill, the national airline said in a statement on Monday. communicated.

Flight LY611 was to continue its journey to Moscow after the passenger was removed for medical treatment, Hebrew media reported.

There was no immediate word on the passenger’s condition.

Regular service between Tel Aviv and Moscow continued even after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine.

Israel has maintained diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan since 1992, a year after it declared independence from the former Soviet Union.

Azerbaijan shares borders with Russia and Iran, Israel’s sworn enemy in the region.

Also on Monday, nine pilots from charter carrier Arkia called in sick, forcing the airline to cancel two scheduled flights between Israel and Rhodes in Greece.

This was seen as a deliberate move, as the company’s pilots are in conflict with management over employment terms.

A statement from Arkia condemned the “wildcat strike at the height of the tourist season”, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

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