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Source: BuzzFeed

Flight From Oakland To Maui Turns Into Nightmare Due To Fake Crime Scene Photo And Pepper Spray 😮

By Alex Maxx

A 15-year-old girl shared a photo of a gruesome mock crime scene from her medical-biology classes, sending it to whom she believed to be her mom. However, as it turns out, she accidentally shared it with other passengers on the same flight.

This caused the plane, traveling from Oakland, California, to Maui, Hawaii, to be delayed by more than 90 minutes

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 23 was supposed to take off that morning, but then more than a dozen passengers received the photo of what appeared to be a dead child face down in the middle of a crime scene. Not knowing it was a part of a school assignment and therefore not real, members of the airlines showed the images to the pilot, who decided to return to the gate. 

Alameda County Sgt. Ray Kelly described the incident:

She was telling her mom about the class, and her mom supposedly just got a new iPhone. People were a little alarmed by it.
Source: Alameda County Sheriff's Office

Both the girl and the mother were questioned by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. She was mortified, crying, and officers had to "console her a little bit — it was OK, it was a mistake." Both women were removed from the plane and rebooked on a different flight that weekend. 

Kelly reported that the incident was more of an inconvenience than anything.

Officers determined there was no crime or malicious intent:

Obviously, it inconvenienced some folks. All in all everybody did everything right... The passengers did the right thing by alerting the flight crew, and the flight crew did the right thing by trying to figure out if there was a valid threat or not.