Passenger plane with 152 people on board prepares for emergency landing after landing gear explodes

A passenger plane carrying 152 people is preparing for an emergency landing in after one of its wheels exploded during takeoff. 

The Electra Air Boeing 737 is reportedly circling over the Mediterranean as it prepares to come into land at Ben Gurion Airport.

The plane had earlier taken off from Cologne,  and is expected to land at 4.15pm local time.

Hundreds of emergency service personnel have reportedly gathered at the airport in preparation. 

It is expected to land with an empty fuel tank to minimise the risk of an explosion. 

reports that the Israeli Air Force has dispatched fighter jets to survey the damaged wheel and guide it into the airport. 

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