El Al B744 near Athens on Aug 15th 2013, lavatory smoke indication

Last Update: August 15, 2013 / 20:03:33 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 15, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
El Al

Flight number
LY-4

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
4X-ELE

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

An El Al Boeing 747-400, registration 4X-ELE performing flight LY-4 from New York,NY (USA) to Tel Aviv (Israel) with 324 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 75nm northeast of Athens (Greece) when the crew reported a lavatory smoke indication and diverted to Athens for a safe landing on runway 03L about 22 minutes later. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.

The airline confirmed the aircraft diverted to Athens as a precaution, the passengers were taken to hotels until their onward transport to Tel Aviv can be arranged. It appears that a passenger was smoking in a lavatory causing the diversion.

Following checks the incident aircraft was able to continue the journey and departed Athens after about 12 hours on the ground. The aircraft reached Tel Aviv with a delay of 11.5 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 15, 2013

Classification
Incident

Airline
El Al

Flight number
LY-4

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
4X-ELE

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

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