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.
So what was it? Upon closer inspection, authorities found the supposed aircraft was actually two boats.
“It’s not an airplane, it’s a big tugboat pulling a ship,” a spokeswoman for the Canary Island emergency services confirmed.
Social media was abuzz with speculation on the mystery object, with one Instagram user uploading a photo of it with the question “Is it a plane?”
He later posted a 'correction' photo on twitter, showing a larger boat tugging a smaller one.
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