Flight Aborts Take-Off in Israel after Pranksters Send Passengers Photos of Plane Crashes

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TEL AVIV (VINnews) — A flight that had begun taxiing toward takeoff in Israel aborted at the last minute, after some of the passengers sent frightening photos of plane crashes to fellow travelers onboard.

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In the terrifying ordeal, nine passengers used the iPhone AirDrop to send pictures of aviation disasters to fellow passengers’ phones.

According to Ynet, pictures included a Turkish Airlines plane which crashed in the Netherlands in 2009 and another crash in the US in 2013.

Passengers alerted the flight crew, and the pilot headed back to the gate.

‘One woman fainted, another had a panic attack,’ a passenger told Channel 12.

The nine suspects, described by police as Israeli citizens, were removed from the flight. Officials said that they may face criminal charges which could carry a maximum three-year prison term.

The plane took off several hours late after a thorough security check.The AndoluJet flight was scheduled to travel from Ben Gurion to Istanbul.

The AirDrop function allows an iPhone user to send out images to other devices in the vicinity.

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