A man and his two sons were arrested in Turkey on Tuesday after they made a wild attempt to get to their plane after missing the flight, according to The Times of Israel.
The three Israeli passengers missed an AnadoluJet flight from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after seemingly arriving at the gate after boarding had ended, the outlet reported.
But that didn’t stop them from going to extreme lengths to get to the plane, it reported.
The trio forced their way onto the boarding bridge after the plane had already moved away, and one of them leaped down onto the runway before approaching the plane, according to the newspaper.
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The Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak shared footage that appeared to show one man dangling from the boarding platform band dropping down onto the runway. It’s unclear from the footage whether the others followed him.
The footage then showed the man being surrounded by security staff.
According to The Times of Israel, the three men were then taken to a Turkish police station.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs told N12 News that it was aware of the incident and that it was being dealt with by the Israeli consulate in Istanbul.
The Consulate General of Israel in Istanbul did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport told Insider in an email that the men trespassed onto the boarding bridge and that it was fully cooperating with the police.