A Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Barcelona was forced to turn back after sensors went off on the aircraft. This was caused by the smell emitted from durian fruit in the cargo hold. A warning came from the sensors in the cargo section of the flight numbered “TK 1855”, which was flying from Istanbul to Barcelona, Spain.
Upon noticing the smell by the cabin crew, the captain pilot of the plane decided to return to Istanbul Airport as a precaution. In the examinations made on the cargo of the plane that landed in Istanbul without any problems, it was determined that the operation of the sensors was caused by the tropical fruit known as durian, which emits a heavy smell when ripe. Passengers were placed on another aircraft to continue their journey.
The Turkish flight isn’t the first time an aircraft has made an emergency landing over durian. It’s even happened to Air Canada. And in 2018 passengers revolted prior to departure of Sriwajiya Air flight SJ91 from Bengkulu to Jakarta, because the plane was carrying 4500 pounds of durian.