The lives of Archbishop Gori, 0.P.M., Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and 24 Holy Year pilgrims were endangered when their Romebound plane blew one of its giant tyres during the take-off at Kalandia Airport, near Jerusalem.
The pilot's presence of mind in shutting off the engines as the disabled plane left the runway at high speed prevented possible fatal casualties and averted a fire.
Among the passengers was Mgr. Simaan, Vicar General of the Latin Patriarchate, Kalandia Airport is on a plateau and has only one comparatively short runway. The principal road from Jerusalem to Beim Lebanon. bisects it. Road traffic is stopped when a plane is taking off or landing.
Archbishop Gori resumed his journey to Rome by ship. Some of the pilgrims took another plane.