Israeli Lands in Iran
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday May 22, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
An Israeli backpacker named Bar Azoulay spent over four hours in Teheran.
Azoulay was flying from India to Bucharest, Romania for his brother's prenuptial celebration. On the way, someone on his plane had a heart attack and the plane was forced to land at the nearest airport - and that meant Tehran, Iran.
Azoulay was lucky. Throughout the four plus hour emergency delay he was on the ground. The Israeli fully expected Iranian authorities to demand that he deplane and that would be the end.
Instead, in the end, more than four tense hours later, the plane took off for Istanbul.
Speaking about the medical emergency and the plane's diversion to Teheran, Azoulay said: "After we landed, a medical crew boarded the plane, and I just sat there hoping they won't take us off. I promised myself that if I have to leave, it definitely won't be alone."
Once the medical crew stabilized the patient and he was removed from the plane, "we waited another four hours - and that's it."
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