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January 23, 2012

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Passengers on British Airways flight terrified after message warns of crash landing

The friendly skies turned terribly frightening for passengers aboard a trans-Atlantic flight.

The overnight British Airways trip from Miami to London’s Heathrow Airport was thrown into panic after a recorded message mistakenly announced their plane was about to crash in the ocean.

“We were about three hours into the flight when an automated message came over ... saying, ‘This is an emergency. We will shortly be making an emergency landing on water,’” passenger Duncan Farquharson told the London Daily Mail. [...]

“We looked at each other and figured we were both about to die,” he told the British paper. “Families with children were distraught and people were in tears. It was very distressing.”

Thirty seconds later, a crew member casually announced that the prerecorded announcement was played accidentally and there was no risk.

Posted by joke du jour at January 23, 2012 06:01 PM

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