Update 3: The flight has taken off to Tel Aviv. Read about and listen to the El Al Mayday call here.
Update 2: The replacement plane has arrived into Goose Bay and will take the passengers to Tel Aviv as El Al flight 1008 at 6:10pm EST/7:10pm AST.
Mechanics were brought together with the replacement plane and will work on repairing the original plane. When it’s fixed it will return to JFK as El Al flight 1003. It will then operate as El Al flight 8 from JFK to Tel Aviv. That flight is currently delayed from 11:50pm to 12:20am, but that will be updated based on when the plane is able to depart from Goose Bay as El Al flight 1003.
El Al flight 1 from Tel Aviv to JFK, which was supposed to utilize last night’s diverted airplane, is canceled. El Al will operate special flight 1001 tomorrow from Tel Aviv to JFK at 7:25am on a 777 and El Al 7 tomorrow on a 747 at 9:40am.
Update: The replacement flight has departed JFK and will arrive into Goose Bay at 3:05pm EST/4:04pm AST. It’s currently flying at a very impressive 770MPH!
El Al flight 8 took off from JFK at 12:41am this morning after a 50 minute delay. The flight declared Mayday and diverted to Goose Bay, Canada due to a wheel well fire indication. Passengers reported loud noises in the 747’s engines as well. It landed at the far north Canadian Air Force base and Atlantic diversion airport at 3:53am EST/4:53am AST.
The plane landed safely, but the high temperature today in Goose Bay is negative 9 and the low is negative 19 degrees Fahrenheit, so passengers are staying on the plane.
Apparently the problem can’t be fixed quickly as El Al is sending a replacement 747 from JFK to Goose Bay. That plane should be taking off soon and can be tracked here.
El Al is currently estimating that the new plane will depart Goose Bay for Tel Aviv at 2:30pm EST/3:30pm AST, though that seems wildly optimistic to me. The flight from Goose Bay to Tel Aviv can be tracked here.
If anyone is on the flight or has friends or family on flight, please share updates on how it’s going in the comments!