Fri, Jan 20, 2012
Passengers Scream After Recorded Ditching Warning Sounds
British Airways had to apologize in writing to passengers of its
Miami to London flight last Friday, after a pilot reportedly hit a
wrong button and triggered an automated PA system warning to
prepare for ditching in the Atlantic.
Duncan Farquharson, an engineer from London, told the Telegraph
he wasn't sure if the flight crew realized just how scary their
mistake was for passengers, saying, "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
Michelle Lord, another passenger, told the paper, "People were
terrified, we all thought we were going to die. They said the pilot
hit the wrong button because they were so close together."
The Telegraph reports the warning prepare for an emergency water
landing came over the speakers about 3am, while the plane was at
35,000'. British Airways reportedly told the paper it is sorry for
an passengers who experienced "undue distress."
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