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Israel flight aborted after chilling photos of plane crash sent to passengers – World News

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Passengers on a flight about to take off from Tel Aviv were given photos of the wreckage of the Turkish Airlines plane that crashed in Amsterdam in 2009

Passengers were given photos of the wreckage of the Turkish Airlines plane that crashed in Amsterdam in 2009

A flight from Israel was suddenly halted this afternoon after passengers received photos of the plane crash moments before takeoff.

Passengers received photos of the wreckage of the Turkish Airlines plane that crashed in Amsterdam in 2009 via Airdrop on iPhones.

After the photos caused panic on board the flight, the pilots decided to turn around and return to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

It’s not yet clear who sent the photos, but officials believe it was someone on the flight.







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It’s not yet clear who sent the photos, but officials believe it was someone on the flight
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All passengers were asked to get off the plane and their luggage was also removed for screening.

About 160 passengers were on board the Boeing 737 operated by a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet.

The security alert was triggered by sending the photos via AirDrop, according to the Israel Airports Authority.







The flight from Israel was suddenly halted this afternoon after passengers received chilling photos moments before takeoff
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There is as yet no confirmation of how many passengers received the photos of the wreckage as the plane headed for the runway.

The Israel Airports Authority has since welcomed the pilots’ decision to return to Tel Aviv.

Israeli broadcaster, Kan, shared some of the photos the passengers received, including two crashed Boeings.

Also among the photos was Asiana Airlines Flight 214 which crashed in a fireball in San Francisco in 2013.

“We got on the flight and the plane started moving,” a passenger told Kan news.

They continued, “Most people got a photo confirmation request in AirDrop, some approved and some didn’t.

“The plane stopped and the flight attendants asked who had the photos.”







Most people received a photo confirmation request in AirDrop
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They said police swarmed the plane as they were ordered to leave.

The passenger added: “We were told by the airport manager that there had been a security incident.

“They took all of our luggage off the plane for a second check.”

An Airports Authority spokesman, Ofer Lefler, said: “All passengers and baggage now undergo an additional inspection.

“Israel Police and other security officials are also investigating the incident.”

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