Tuesday May 10, 201103:18 PM GMT
2 Israeli flights landed over fuel concern
Tue May 10, 2011 3:19PM
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Passengers stand near Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport's departure board.
Israeli authorities have announced that the grounding of the two European-bound flights at the Ben Gurion Airport was due to fuel contamination.


The delays on Tuesday came one day after Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that the fuel crisis was over.

The two flights were headed to Germany and Spain. Most flights, however, departed on schedule without refueling in Cyprus.

"Thirty-eight planes were refueled overnight, of which only two raised fears the fuel was not up to par," an Israel Airports Authority official told Ynetnews daily.

"These planes were then emptied and refilled with fuel that meets the required standards," the official added.

Dozens of flights that were scheduled to depart from Ben Gurion last Thursday were halted due to a contamination discovered in the airport's jet fuel supply.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at the airport.

A passenger, who was upset about the situation at the airport, said, "It's mayhem here. People are hysterical, crying. Even security guards were called in. They're not telling us what's going on and not permitting us to go home. It's a disgrace. We're stuck and we don't know what to do."

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