At 3am last night on British Airways Flight 206 from Miami to London’s Heathrow Airport, we imagine most passengers were comfortably sleeping. That changed in a hurry when flight crew inadvertently twice triggered a recorded message declaring that the plane could be about to crash. Passengers began crying and screaming, and were still on edge even after a third announcement informed them that the first two had been in error.
Another passenger said: “When we landed they were handing out letters apologising, but it was the worst experience of my life. I don’t think BA should get away with this.”
A BA spokesman said of the scare on flight BA 0206 on Friday: “The cabin crew cancelled the announcement immediately and sought to reassure customers that the flight was operating normally. We apologise to customers for causing them undue concern.”
We’ve never flown a plane, but we’re sure some of our readers have. Is it really that simple to accidentally trigger such a message? If so, it seems like a pretty poor design. We’re sure that for the passengers of BA 0206, this is not a flight they’ll forget anytime soon.
- Oops! Passengers incorrectly warned of crash (overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com)
- BA flight crew mistakenly play recorded crash message on flight to London (dailymail.co.uk)
- Did They Eat The Fish? British Airways Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Pilots Feel ‘Unwell’ (flightwisdom.com)