July 25, 2014 9:35 am

Air Canada flight circles Tel Aviv airport after reported rocket fire

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2010 file photo, passengers are seen in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel.

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TORONTO – An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv was forced to circle Ben Gurion airport Friday before it was confirmed that it was safe to land.

Airline spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur told The Canadian Press Flight AC84 was advised to do so by by Israeli Air Traffic Control shortly before 12 p.m. local time.

She says the plane altered its course about eight kilometres away from Ben Gurion airport, and landed 10 minutes later without incident.

According to Al Jazeera, rockets were being fired toward the airport from the Gaza Strip.

An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv was forced to circle Ben Gurion airport Friday.

An Air Canada flight departing Toronto to Tel Aviv Friday is still scheduled.

Air Canada resumed its nightly flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv Thursday, after cancelling trips Tuesday and Wednesday.

- with a file from The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2014

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