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October 29, 2015 10:50 am

Iberia Airlines Pilot Suspended for Announcing: ‘We Will be Landing Soon in Palestine’

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An Iberia Airlines pilot told passengers the plane would soon be arriving in "Palestine." Credit: Steve Fitzgerald via Wikimedia Commons.

An Iberia Airlines pilot told passengers the plane would soon be arriving in “Palestine.” Credit: Steve Fitzgerald via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Iberia Airlines Flight 3316 from Madrid was approaching Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday afternoon when passengers were shocked to hear the captain says in Spanish, “Dear passengers, we will be landing soon in Palestine.”

In his subsequent announcement in English, the captain changed the word “Palestine” to “Tel Aviv,” but he did not use the word “Israel” in either announcement.

Iberia Airlines acknowledged the incident and issued an apology. A spokesperson for the airline said an internal investigation had been launched into the incident and that the captain has been suspended from the airline’s Tel Aviv route until the investigation is complete.

The flag carrier of Spain, Iberia Airlines has operated regular flights on the Madrid-Tel Aviv route since 1983. Flying on Iberia Airlines with a stopover in Madrid is popular way to travel between Israel and North and South America.

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  • Christopher Newbery Davies

    Well, it’s one way to say “I quit”.

  • Alberto Hassan

    It is simply incredible that bigotry and xenophobia has reached Iberia; It is unacceptable and incomprehensible that an international airline disrespects passenger and a whole nation. Have been flying with Iberia for as far as I can remember but will certainly refrain from doing so from now.

  • anthony Lefco

    Try and get your pictures updated. The plane shown is a Sud Aviation Caravelle. The last one in service in the entire world finished its duties in 2005. It was a great plane, comfortable, but slow with unique portholes originally in the shape of triangles. THis plane has been around for 60 years. Maybe you should picture a contemporary plane with the Iberia logo.

  • tscott

    he should be fired from all routes…

  • Jesus

    He should be banned from entering Israel.

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