This Poorly Worded Tweet By The Associated Press Just Made Everyone’s Heart Skip A Beat

A plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 did not just crash land in Eindhoven.

AP just tweeted this to its 3.4m followers, causing every news junkie on Twitter to go, “Holy shit.”

Twitter: @AP

Before realising it didn’t actually mean what they thought it meant.

Here’s how it should have been worded.

Which is a nice illustration of why grammar matters, even in breaking news situations.


AP subsequently tweeted a clarification.


AP put out a statement:

“This was an especially regrettable lapse that drew wide attention as Dutch families awaited the return of their loved ones’ remains.”

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Luke Lewis is the executive editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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