OAKLAND, California (KGO) –
A Hawaiian Airlines Maui flight was returned to the gate at Oakland International Airport after it had begun taxiing due to a photo-parachute drop. 15 passengers received a photo that they considered a threat. It turns out that the photo was not real.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight 23 was due to leave at 7am, but was delayed nearly an hour and a half after 15 passengers received a picture of a fake crime scene with a nylon beanbag
"The passengers saw the picture, believed it That the image was threatening alerted the flight crew, which in turn notified the pilot, "said Sgt. Ray Kentucky with the Sheriff's Office of Alameda County
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says the airline has called them in to address the potential security threat to investigate.
"We quickly figured out that this event was a 15-year-old girl trying to give her mother a fake crime scene photo," Kelly said.
The 15-year-old used drops of air over a blue tooth. Sgt. Kelly says based on her phone settings, people within range of her phone would have the option to accept and view the photo as well.
RELATED: Tokyo Flight Returned to LAX After Unauthorized  "The young girl was very embarrassed, she was upset, we told her that she had no trouble, there was no crime committed here was, "said Kelly.
It was ultimately the pilot who decided to hit the gate after the plane began to roll.
"It does not look right, but I understand why people alerted people on the plane," traveler Rovianne Leigh said.
"I think it's important to seek objectively and try to figure things out before jumping to conclusions," said traveler Wendy Peters.
Hawaiian Airlines said in an email message to ABC7 News, "In order to resume the flight and minimize the inconvenience to our guests, the teenager and family were re-booked during a later flight during the flight. The incident was investigated . "
The other passengers drove to Hawaii almost an hour and a half later.
The sheriff's office says the mother and daughter will be flying to Hawaii on Saturday.
"She has a good heart, she did not want to make all these people so very remorseful," Kelly said.
The sheriff's spokesman says this is a learning lesson for everyone involved. At the end of the day, he says the system works as it should, with passengers playing their role in alerting the flight crew.
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