Cyprus Mail

Canada-Israel flight diverted to Paphos after running into storm

A transatlantic flight from Toronto in Canada to Tel Aviv in Israel was diverted to Paphos airport on Sunday after hitting a storm in the Mediterranean, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Reports said it was an Air Canada flight.

CNA said the captain had decided to divert the flight to Cyprus as a precaution.

It said that when the aircraft, carrying 300 passengers, landed it was checked and found to have possibly been hit by lightning but more detailed checks will be carried out to ensure its safety before flying on to Tel Aviv.

The 299 passengers were transferred to a hotel in Paphos and the flight is expected to depart on Monday.

Hermes Airports spokesman Adamos Aspris confirmed that “an aircraft on a transatlantic flight was diverted and landed at Paphos Airport as a precaution”, CNA said.

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