How To Mistake A Boat For A Crashed Plane And Cause A Media Panic

First, there was a plane crash. And twenty minutes later there wasn’t.

3. Within minutes the world’s news websites were leading on this developing story.

4. It shot straight to the top of the BBC’s most read stories.

5. Newsflashes were sent to all subscribed devices.

6. And then, erm, about five minutes later the Spanish emergency services realised something was up.

So far, so PLANE IN SEA.

The scoundrels. Still, it’s an easy mistake for the coast guard to make. Right?

11. This is a translation of how the Canary Islands authorities sheepishly admitted their mistake on their official Twitter feed.

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