'Passenger jet crash' in sea off Gran Canaria was actually a tug boat
Emergency services have since confirmed that their reports were a false alarm
Amid the climate of vigilance surrounding the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, coastguards off the coast of Spain’s Canary Islands set the international news agenda briefly on Thursday when they reported that a passenger jet had fallen into the sea two miles from Gran Canaria.
At 11:08 am on Thursday morning, news agency Reuters had picked up on the reported crash and tweeted the story, citing a local radio station as the source.
Soon, BBC News, well-known for its rigorous fact-checking, had also picked up on the incident, and it became the most-read article on its website.
Readers’ interests were arguably piqued by the mystery surrounding the Malaysia Airlines flight, as well the reports coinciding with the anniversary of the world’s worst aviation disaster.
583 people died in the incident on 27 March 1977 when a KLM 74 crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the runway of the Tenerife Airport on the Canary Island.
Local media outlets also posted photos on Twitter showing an object that looked remarkably like an aeroplane floating at sea.
However, by late afternoon the emergency services had admitted their error, and confirmed that what they believed was an aeroplane was in fact a tugboat pulling a ship, BBC News reported.
Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
Pictures show young Palestinian girl biting Israeli soldier trying to detain boy during West Bank protests
Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 1 Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
- 3 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 5 The 20 toughest job interview questions in the world
COMPETITIVE + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A Lead Systems Developer / Sof...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: The world's leading financial services careers...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Digital Marketing Executive...
40-45K DOE + Benefits: Guru Careers: An Account Manager / Senior Account Manag...