Israel: Panic on plane when passengers take pictures of plane crashes on their cell phones

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A plane flying from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport today has returned to the gate after photos of plane crashes appeared on passengers’ mobile phones and Israeli authorities suspect they were sent by nine other passengers via their iPhone AirDrop app.

The incident, on the AndoluJet flight to Istanbul, was not a cyber attack, according to Ofer Lefler, a spokesman for the Israeli Air Force.

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According to police, the nine suspects are Israeli citizens. They were forced to disembark and may be prosecuted for spreading false information punishable by three years in prison in Israel.

“I’m sure the police and security services will find out why they did it,” Lefler told Channel 12 TV.

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Other passengers, disturbed by the photos, informed the crew and the captain made the right decision and returned to the gate, Lefler said. “One woman fainted, another suffered a panic attack,” said one passenger, Diana.

The aircraft finally took off a few hours later, after the check on the luggage and the passengers was completed.

With the AirDrop app, iPhone users can send pictures to other nearby devices as long as their settings allow.


Source: Capital

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