Gran Canaria: Crash fears a false alarm after boats mistaken for aircraft in sea

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Gran Canaria: Crash fears a false alarm after boats mistaken for aircraft in sea

<p>It wasn’t a bird and it certainly wasn’t a plane, but Canary Islands’ emergency services caused confusion the world over when they announced an aircraft had crashed two miles off Gran Canaria on Thursday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Control Canarias confirma caída al mar de avión a 2 millas costa <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GRANCANARIA&src=hash">#GRANCANARIA</a> a la altura de Jinámar. Se desocnoce número de pasajeros</p>— 1-1-2 Canarias (@112canarias) <a href="https://twitter.com/112canarias/statuses/449199478323830784">March 27, 2014</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>So what was it? Upon closer inspection, authorities found the supposed aircraft was actually two boats.</p> <p>“It’s not an airplane, it’s a big tugboat pulling a ship,” a spokeswoman for the Canary Island emergency services confirmed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>False alarm: no plane has disappeared off the coast of Gran Canaria. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CanaryIsland&src=hash">#CanaryIsland</a></p>— Aena Aeropuertos (@aenaaeropuertos) <a href="https://twitter.com/aenaaeropuertos/statuses/449208772490457089">March 27, 2014</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>​</p> <p>Social media was abuzz with speculation on the mystery object, with one Instagram user uploading <a href="http://instagram.com/p/mDMM9JEaMd/" rel="external">a photo</a> of it with the question “Is it a plane?” </p> <p>He later posted <a href="https://twitter.com/javicelard/status/449202886472654848/photo/1">a 'correction' photo</a> on twitter, showing a larger boat tugging a smaller one. </p> <p>Image credit: <a href="http://instagram.com/p/mDMM9JEaMd/">nosolosurf</a> on Instagram</p>