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A flight was postponed just before takeoff after a number of passengers received some eerie pictures on their phones.
According to local reports, the passengers were set to travel from Israel to Turkey, but the pilot decided to turn back to the terminal at Ben Gurion Airport amid the panic.
Israeli publication Kan News noted how the images showed a series of plane crashes, with no one knowing who was responsible for sending them.
One passenger who was aboard the flight when it was aborted told the outlet: "We got on the flight and the plane started moving.
"Most people received a request for a photo confirmation in AirDrop, some approved and some did not.
"The plane stopped and the flight attendants asked who got the pictures.”
As police swarmed the plane, the passenger said they were escorted off the flight, adding: "The airport manager told us there was a security incident.
"They took all our luggage out of the plane for a second check."
Adding to this, local radio broadcaster Galei Zahal reported that 166 passengers received the unnerving images.
After they notified the cabin crew of the unusual activity, the pilot decided to return the Turkish Airline plane to have the incident investigated by security.
Among the pictures were two of wreckages, one of which was of a Turkish Airline plane that crashed in Amsterdam in 2009 and led to the deaths of nine passengers.
A second showed the 2013 wreckage of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crashed in San Francisco, killing three.
While authorities are yet to get to the bottom of who’s responsible, they have ruled out the possibility that it was a cyber attack.
Airports Authority spokesman Ofer Lefler said: "This is not a cyber attack. The source of the videos is inside the plane.
“All passengers and luggage are being further examined, and the police and other security officials have opened an investigation.”
Airport security are now looking into the matter, stating that the flight will be allowed to continue once they’ve confirmed there is no risk to the plane and those onboard.
Lefler went on to tell Kan News: "All steps taken are in cooperation and coordination with the flight captain who has shown great responsibility in the decision to return the aircraft to the terminal."
UNILAD has contacted the Israel Airports Authority for further comment.
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