On 24 May 1991 an El Al Boeing 747 airlifted a record-breaking 1,087 passengers
– Ethiopian Jews flying from Addis Ababa to Israel as part of Operation Solomon
. The passenger count became 1,088 when a baby was born in-flight
. The record still stands.
Planners expected to fill the aircraft with 760 passengers. However, because the passengers were so slight, many more were squeezed in.
Flight documents recorded 1,087 people were jammed onto the plane, but when it landed at Ben Gurion airport, a head count revealed the final number was 1,122 passengers.
It turned out children were brought on board by their mothers hidden inside their flowing white robes.
The mothers were afraid their children would not be allowed on the plane and they hid them until they arrived in Israel.
The above report begs the question: "Is the re-creation of the modern nation/state of Israel a geo-political accident of history that took 1900 years to happen? And the returning Jews a post-modern social phenomenon? Or are these things the promises of God coming into effect in our time?"