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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.

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On Thursday afternoon Reuters issued a newsflash of a plane crash near Spain's Canary Islands, based on coastguard claims reported by local media.

Airplane crashes near Spain's Canary Islands, airline and number on board unknown: local radio

Reuters World@ReutersWorld

Airplane crashes near Spain's Canary Islands, airline and number on board unknown: local radio

03:08 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Local journalists dived in with pictures of the ditched jet.

Breaking: Passengers plane lands on sea off Canary Islands.

José Miguel Sardo@jmsardo

Breaking: Passengers plane lands on sea off Canary Islands.


03:16 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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What happened? Well there was something out at sea. And the coastguard saw it. This is the view from the Canary Islands shoreline.

Incluso con poca nitidez...eso no parece una avioneta #telde @laprovincia Foto de Priscila Gutierrez

Logannn!@LogannnI

Incluso con poca nitidez...eso no parece una avioneta #telde @laprovincia Foto de Priscila Gutierrez

02:58 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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So far, so PLANE IN SEA.

Until you find someone with a zoom lens and take a photo of it. And then you start to see it's a... plane-shaped boat.

@laprovincia_es @LogannnI es un barco grua , salvo que la avioneta este por detras

NoSoloSurf@javicelard

@laprovincia_es @LogannnI es un barco grua , salvo que la avioneta este por detras

03:14 PM - 27 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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