We are all r***ed

British Airways may as well have broadcast that they were all rooted…not many water “landings” turn out so well:

It was a mistake that had a plane-load of people thinking they were about to die.

The cabin crew of a British Airways flight from Miami to London mistakenly activated an emergency announcement that said the plane was going down, and passengers should prepare for a water landing.

As passengers began to panic, a flight attendant apologised over the intercom and said the message was played by mistake, according to the Daily Mail.

London’s Daily Telegraph spoke to Duncan and Tracey Farquharson, of London, who said the airline trivialised the fear of passengers.

The Farquharsons said staff issued a “blasé” apology and did not explain the mistake until the plane arrived at Heathrow.

“We were about three hours into the flight when an automated message came over the tannoy saying: ‘This is an emergency, we will shortly be making an emergency landing on water’,” Mr Farquharson said.

“We looked at each other and figured we were both about to die. Families with children were distraught and people were in tears. It was very distressing.

“About 30 seconds later one of the cabin crew told us to ignore the announcement and accept their apologies but the tone of [it] suggested they had not grasped how seriously we had taken it.

“Imagining yourself plunging towards a cold, watery grave in the middle of the Atlantic is a pretty horrific thought but they seemed very blasé about it.”

His wife said she was traumatised by the event.


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  • Guest

    Just like Airplane!

  • Agent BallSack

    Typical whinging fucking poms! “We all thought we were going to die, then when we found out we weren’t I was most disappointed”. 

  • Ppttpe

    fucking diddums.did anyone get hurt/die? no. htfu.

  • Argon

    I wonder if anyone got lucky on that flight…

  • Brian Smaller

    @d6abd0487414825e239e99c0e042273d:disqus  – in 30 seconds?  They would have to be fast workers.

    What got me about this story is that they said the crew were blase. Crews are trained to be calm. What some people think of as blase was probably crew acting in cool, calm and detached way.

  • Lofty

    I must say as a frequent flyer, that if I had heard that message, a definite shiver would have gone up my spine, followed by a controlled loosening of the bowels.

    It is the message from Hell…I would take a bit of calming down also after having heard it was an accidental playing of the doomsday tape.

    Ppttpe…you are my hero, I wish I was just like you ;-)

  • phronesis

    I agree with Whale, they should change the announcement to “The plane is fucked, you have 60 seconds to live, 59, 58….”

  • Anonymous

    There was a story  where such an announcement was made on a flight. A passenger panicked and asked a fellow passenger (a Scotsman?) to do something religious. The fellow passenger took off his hat and started taking up a collection.

  • James Stephenson

    Unfortunately youtube doesn’t appear to have the Alas Smith and Jone skit of a plane-load of football supporters singing “Here we go, here we go, here we go” following such an announcement…

  • Gazzaw

    Shit happens………….. & it happens to be that airlines make great targets. Sure, this was a monumental error but it’s happened before and it will happen again. Anyone on this site ever hit the wrong button? The biggest error that the airline has made is in not immediately dishing out vouchers to all passengers for a free trip because ultimately that is what the moaning is all about. Airlines are easy consumer targets. 

  • Blair Mulholland

    Yeah if that happens you’d better hope your captain is Chester Sullenburger.  I would have crapped myself.

  • Steve and Monique

    Plane full of union members by the sound of it,whinge,whing whinge.Still alive,be happy.Extreme flights,scare the shit out of your passengers.Could catch on.

  • Anonymous

    I found it more alarming going on a Royal Brunei Airlines flight and listening to them do some sort of muslim/islamic prayer before takeoff

    We’re flying Air New Zealand next time…..

  • Anonymous

    Yeah maybe if the plane was going threw a ton of turbulance at the time the announcement was made you’d have cause for concern. But if the plance was flying smoothly threw the air you’d have to wonder… htfu