A flight that was about to take off from Ben Gurion airport, the most important in Israel, bound for Turkey, has aborted the takeoff after its 160 passengers received photographs of a plane crash on their mobile phones.
The plane, from the Turkish company Anadolu Jet -a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines-, already had all its passengers on board when they they began to receive on their phones the photo of an accident from a Turkish Airlines flight in 2009. The plane in the picture crashed on landing in the Netherlands in an accident that killed nine people. The authorities are already investigating the fact and point out that someone could have sent the photo by Wifi or Bluetooth.
According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, all the passengers returned to the terminal and the luggage was checked again. The airport authority has praised the “great responsibility” of the pilot for his decision to stop the takeoff.
The Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, was the scene of another moment of tension just a few weeks ago when the security services detected an explosive device in the luggage of an American family that allegedly intended to take it as a souvenir.