Terror At 35,000 Feet- Pre-Recorded Message Tells Frightened Passengers They’re About To Crash- In Error!

By | January 18, 2012
Boeing 747-400 takes off from London Heathrow ...

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.