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El Al Pilot Says Air Controllers Strike Poses Saffty Problems

An El Al pilot, Capt. Michael Ben-Yosef, said today after his return from a flight from New York that he had noted “some shortcomings” in safety in the area of Kennedy airport in New York, as a result of the air traffic controllers’ strike. He said that from his many years experience of flying in and out of the airport he had the impression he knew the area and local conditions better than the present temporary controllers apparently did.

El Al, like other airlines flying the Atlantic, has suffered severe delays in its timetable due to the controllers strike. The chief dispatcher for the airline said some of its aircraft were flying “almost up to the North Pole and then south to the Canaries” to get from Israel to New York.