Flight aborted after chilling pics mysteriously sent to passengers’ phones
A FLIGHT was aborted just before takeoff today after chilling crash pictures were mysteriously sent to passengers’ phones.
The images – allegedly sent via AirDrop on iPhones – sparked panic on board the taxiing jet, and the pilots turned back to the terminal in Tel Aviv, Israel.
All passengers and their luggage were then taken off the plane for extra security checks at Ben Gurion airport.
Some 160 passengers were on board the Boeing 737 operated by AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines.
The Israel Airports Authority confirmed a security alert was sparked by photos as the plane was taxiing towards the runway this morning.
It did not say how many people received the images, but praised the captain for his decision to abort the takeoff.
Israeli broadcaster Kan published some of the photos that were sent to the terrified passengers, showing two crashed Boeings.
One showed the wreckage of a Turkish Airlines jet that crashed in Amsterdam in 2009, killing nine.
Another showed the burnt fuselage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crash landed in a fireball in San Francisco in 2013.
One passenger told Kan News: “We got on the flight and the plane started moving.
“Most people received a request for a photo confirmation in AirDrop, some approved and some did not.
“The plane stopped and the flight attendants asked who got the pictures.”
They said police swarmed round the plane as they were ordered off.
The passenger added: “The airport manager told us there was a security incident.
“They took all our luggage out of the plane for a second check.”
It is not known who sent the pictures, but officials suspect it was someone on board, according to reports.
Airports Authority spokesman Ofer Lefler said: “All passengers and luggage are now undergoing an additional inspection.
“The Israeli police and other security officials are also investigating the incident.”
The IAA said the plane would be allowed to continue its journey once security staff had confirmed there was no threat.
The drama echoes the horror film Final Destination, in which a plane turns back after a panicking teenager has a premonition of a crash.