Passengers about to take off on a flight from Ben-Gurion Airport to Turkey on Tuesday received a scare when they received photos of crashed planes on their cell phones. The Boeing 737 plane was operated by AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines.
According to reports, the passengers, who received the photos while the plane was taxiing to the runway, reported the incident to the flight crew. The crew returned the plane to the gate and passengers were returned to the terminal. Some of the passengers were detained for questioning on suspicion of sending the photos.
A spokesperson for the Israel Airports Authority (IAI) said that the photos were sent by several passengers via AirDrop, an Apple app that allows files to be transferred between nearby devices. The passengers responsible for the incident were transferred for questioning. The pictures included images of a Turkish Airlines plane that crashed in the Netherlands in 2009 and another plane crash in the United States in 2013.
After the airport security crew carried out searches of the plane and re-checked the passengers’ luggage, it was determined that the plane was not at risk and the remaining passengers boarded the plane and it took off for Turkey. Several young Israelis were identified as suspects and are being questioned. The plane departed five hours late after being cleared to leave.