After shocked customers were emailed footage of a jet crashing, an airline operator forced to cancel the flight.
Passengers boarding flights from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, May 10 reportedly received gruesome photographs of downed planes, causing several to pass out from fear.
At the moment, the Turkish airline AnadoluJet was on its way to Istanbul.
Nine people were seized and are suspected of sending disturbing photographs to other passengers on the aircraft using the AirDrop feature on Apple phones, according to Israeli investigators.
Each of the nine faces up to three years in prison under Israeli law for spreading false information.
Ofer Lefler, spokesman for the Israel Airports Authority, said: ‘I am sure the police and the security authorities will find out why they (the suspects) did it.’
He commended the pilot for making the ‘right call’ to abandon the flight and return to gate due to alarm among passengers.
The plane eventually took off several hours late after additional security checks had been carried out on the aircraft, luggage and passengers.