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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to extend his stay in Warsaw for an extra day after a tug slammed against the landing gear of the plane and seriously damaged it as apparently the tow bar snapped.
According to El Al, the airline operating the PM’s plane, a pushback tractor crashed into his plane just as it was about to take off. The technicians looked into the damage and decided that the plane cannot be operated.
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Netanyahu, his wife, and senior staff had to return to the hotel in Warsaw, where they had been staying since Tuesday.
On Friday morning, the Prime Minister and his entourage boarded a replacement plane that the airline sent from Israel, the Israeli media reported.
Netanyahu was in Warsaw to take part in a US-led Middle East conference.