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    Mar 27, 2014

    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.

    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

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

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

    Newsflashes were sent to all subscribed devices.

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

    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

    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?

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

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