SHARE
COPY LINK

AIRLINE

Bomb scare forces Air France plane to land

An Air France flight to Israel was re-routed to Basel-Mulhouse airport on the Swiss border after fears that a bomb could be on the plane, the airline said Thursday.

The captain of the Airbus 320 which left Paris Charles de Gaulle airport Wednesday at 7:13 pm (1813 GMT) for Tel Aviv with 123 passengers on board was re-routed “on suspicion that an explosive device could be on board”, said Air France.

The change was a precautionary measure, it added in a written statement.

The Airbus landed at Basel-Mulhouse “safely” at 8:24 pm.

“Authorities fully searched the plane but nothing abnormal was discovered,” said Air France.

Passengers were accommodated in hotels and left Mulhouse on Thursday in the early afternoon. They arrived in Tel Aviv at 5:35 pm (1535 GMT).

Basel-Mulhouse airport was closed for an hour and a plane from Berlin was re-routed during the search, a spokeswoman for the airport said.

Press reports said that a mobile phone which had not been switched off may have caused the incident.

CRIME

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.

SHOW COMMENTS