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PALESTINE

Spanish airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights

Spain's flagship carrier Iberia cancelled its Tuesday night flight to the Israel capital of Tel Aviv as a preventative measure due to the worsening security situation in the region, while low-cost carrier Vueling is also avoiding the zone.

The airlines will watch events in the region before deciding whether to restart flights to the city.

Iberia and Vueling pulled the plug on their Tel Aviv flights after American airlines, US Airways and United Airlines had taken similar action, Spain's ABC newspaper reported.

American aviation authorities have barred its airlines from flying to and from Israel for at least 24 hours.

Other airlines to stop service include Germany's Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Air France, Swiss and German Wings.

Europe's air safety watchdog said it would recommend that all European airlines avoid Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza landed some 17km (10.5 miles) from Ben Gourion airport in Tel Aviv.

The European Aviation Safety Agency told news agency AFP it would issue a "strong recommendation to avoid until further notice Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport."  

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Video shows ‘too close for comfort’ Costa Rica landing of Iberia plane

Footage captured a Spanish aircraft flying nail-bitingly close to cars as it came into land at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría airport on Sunday.

Video shows 'too close for comfort' Costa Rica landing of Iberia plane
Screenshot from video: Jonny Vega / Youtube

The video, taken by Carlos Rojas and uploaded onto Youtube, shows Iberia flight 6313 from Madrid coming into land at the Central American country's airport.

But as the Airbus A 340 approaches landing it appears to come dangerously close to cars parked at the end of the runway and misses the airport perimeter fence by just a few meters.

The landing provoked a flurry of comments on social media from local residents about the “narrowly averted disaster” with the island’s Tico Times reporting:

“Several residents in Heredia and Alajuela reported the aircraft shook their homes upon descent. One Facebook commenter said flight 6313 was so low, she could “see the screws” on the bottom of the plane.”

But far from being an isolated event, authorities at the airport insisted it was a routine landing and followed all regulations.

“Sure it could have been a little bit higher, but the altitude and angle of the plane was fine,” explained Rolando Richmond, head of Costa Rica’s Aerial Navigation Office,

The video has been viewed ,more than 100,000 times since being uploaded on Sunday.

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