TEL AVIV (May. 3)
The first Soviet airliner to land in Israel since Moscow broke diplomatic relations in 1967 is due at Lydda Airport May 17, it was announced today. The Illyushin-18 jet will bring Archbishop Finman of the Russian Orthodox Church and a large entourage for a visit to holy places in Israel. Special landing permission for the plane was arranged through the Finnish embassies in Moscow and Tel Aviv. Finland handles Soviet affairs in Israel. The airliner will depart from Israel shortly after landing its passengers and will return to pick them up when their visit is over. Arrangements have been made for Israeli ground crews to service the aircraft while it is at Lydda.