Turkish social media users slammed Swiss media outlets Wednesday for misleadingly using photos of Turkish Airlines aircraft when reporting on the recent deadly Boeing crash in Ethiopia and its impact on aviation.
Newspapers 20 Minuten, Aargauer Zeitung and several other Swiss media outlets illustrated their stories with photos of Turkish Airlines planes, sparking an outcry on Turkish social media sites, with users accusing them of a smear campaign.
Sunday’s deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airplane in Ethiopia was the second fatal accident involving this type of aircraft in less than five months.
But Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines was not involved in either accident.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspended all flight operations of Boeing 737 MAX planes from European airspace Tuesday.
Turkey has also suspended Boeing 737 MAX flights and closed its airspace to this type of aircraft to ensure flight safety.