A Boeing 777 operated by Israeli carrier El Al made an emergency landing at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport today, after the aircraft was forced to return to the Israeli city due to problems with its landing gear.

The aircraft had taken off on a flight for Newark Liberty airport with 279 passengers on board when it had to turn back after flight crew discovered problems with the aircraft's landing gear, said reports. The 777 dumped fuel over the Mediterranean Sea before it landed safely at Tel Aviv, where emergency crews were waiting, the reports added.

Officials at El Al could not be contacted for comment. Schedules in Innovata show that the airline operates 777-200s and Boeing 747-400s on the route.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news