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El Al Boeing 737 faces refueling refusal after medical diversion in Turkey  

An El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft was forced to perform an emergency landing at Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey due to a medical incident involving one of the passengers onboard.

The incident occurred on June 30, 2024, when the EL AL Boeing 737-800, registered 4X-EKA, was operating scheduled passenger flight LY5102 between Warsaw (WAW) and Tel Aviv (TEL). According to flight history found on, the plane took off from Warsaw Chopin Airport at around 8:35 a.m. (UTC) and was supposed to land at Ben Gurion Airport approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes after departure.

Mid-flight, as the aircraft soared over the Mediterranean Sea, the flight crew declared a medical emergency. It turned out that one of the passengers required an immediate medical assistance. Responding swiftly to the advice of a doctor onboard, the flight crew made a decisive move to divert to the nearest available airport, Antalya (AYT), to seek urgent medical help.

After landing safely in Antalya, a new challenge emerged. Due to diversion, the Boeing 737 was low on fuel. However, according to a report from, airport staff refused to refuel the plane without providing an official reason. This refusal forced the flight crew to seek alternatives.

Following the medical incident that occurred on flight #ElAL #LY5102 from #Warsaw to #TelAviv, the plane landed in #Antalya and the passenger was referred for urgent medical treatment.

The plane is now taking off to #Rhodes, where it will refuel before taking off to Israel.

— Aviation News Israel (@AviationNewsIL) June 30, 2024

In a bid to resolve the situation, El Al aircraft was cleared to fly to Rhodes (RHO), the closest airport outside Turkey.

The flight history reveals that 4X-EKA touched down in Rhodes at 5:30 p.m. (UTC) for refueling.

Once refueled, the plane continued its journey, finally reaching Tel Aviv.

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