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Pilots turn back for cancer patient

WHEN 11-year-old cancer patient Inbar Chomsky was removed from an El Al flight because she couldn’t find her passport, she was devastated and thought that was the end of her journey. Turns out, it was just the beginning.Chomsky was among 30 Israeli children flying from Tel Aviv to New York City to visit Camp Simcha, a summer camp for ill youngster. Rabbi Yaakov Pinsky, director of Chaiyanu, Chai Lifeline’s Israel branch, said the children went through a pre-flight medical examination and boarded the plane as the airline staff collected passports.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t find Chomsky’s, and a desperate search effort was undertaken. “No one could find Inbar’s passport,” Pinsky wrote in The Yeshiva World News. “Our staff looked high and low, in and under every seat and seat pocket. No passport was found. The flight attendants immediately called the ground crew to help them locate the lost passport. The airport was alerted, and they too searched everywhere from the boarding gate to the El Al aircraft.

“Time was passing fast and the flight needed to depart … After 25 minutes of pulling apart the aircraft, the crew admitted defeat. El Al had no choice but to tell Inbar that she could not fly.” Elad Maimon, program co-ordinator of the Israeli branch of Chaiyanu, said: “Everyone was in shock, no one knew what to do. Taking a little girl off a flight is unheard of, and especially when that girl is sick and has already endured enough hardship. The airline personnel had tears in their eyes. They approached Inbar in the terminal. They bought her water, cried with her.”

As the plane neared the runway they were notified her passport had been found in another child’s backpack. The plane sat for half an hour and the crew tried to get in touch with the airport staff and find the girl. At last they were successful, and the pilots turned the plane around and picked her up at the terminal.

“Her dream came true,” Pinsky said. “Those of us on the plane experienced something as well. Instead of the hostility that usually greets a plane delay, there were cheers and tears on that El Al plane, flight 007.”El Al said it was thrilled to help Chomsky’s dream come true.

Planes rarely return to the gate after departing,” a spokesperson told the Times of Israel. “El Al was honoured and proud to help Inbar’s dream to go to the camp in the US come true. We wish Inbar full recovery and health”

Matthew 19:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

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