Turkish flight aborted in Israel after passengers receive plane crash pics
A Turkish jet was forced to return to the gate at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, after passengers received messages containing images of crashing planes on their mobile phones, Haaretz reported on Tuesday, citing Israel Airport Authority.
The jet grounded after passengers on board the Tukey-bound flight reported receiving concerning images on their cell phones before take-off, it said. Passengers and crew were taken off and the luggage reinspected.
The flight was operated by AnadoluJet, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, the Times of Israel reported.
Israeli police have arrested nine suspects in the connection to the incident, it said.
The suspects, described by police as Israeli nationals, were among the passengers and removed from the jet.
The suspects could be prosecuted for disseminating false information, Haaretz said, an offense carries a maximum three-year prison term in Israel.
Turkey and Israel are seeking to mend ties after more than a decade of tensions.