The liner, owned by Turkish Airlines, returned to the airport of departure due to an unpleasant smell on board. This is reported by the TV channel TRT Haber.
The Turkish airliner took off at 15:35 but returned to the airport of departure an hour and ten minutes later.
“Flight TK 1855 received a warning from sensors in the cargo hold during the flight. After the crew noticed the smell, the captain decided to urgently return to Istanbul airport,” the TV channel said.
After landing and inspection, it was determined that the sensors were triggered by the tropical fruit durian, which has a nauseating smell. Passengers were sent to Barcelona on another flight.
The exotic fruit durian has been described as “hell outside, heaven inside”. Scientists have explained that the cause of the extremely unpleasant smell (some say that this is the smell of a human corpse when it decomposes) is sulfur: it oxidizes when combined with air.
Durian has caused problems for airlines before, and its smell has repeatedly caused delays and disruptions to flights. So, angry passengers on board an Indonesian plane carrying fruit almost got into a fight with flight attendants because of the stench, demanding that the fruit be removed from the plane.