I had no idea that there were automated disaster warnings on planes, such one telling passengers to prepare to crash.
- Apparently they exist.
- Apparently it’s not too difficult to mistakenly broadcast them.
From one article on the event:
“This is an emergency announcement. We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water.”
Passenger Michelle Lord said: “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.”
I certainly see the point of an automated message, since in the event of an upcoming crash the crew is almost certainly busy. But the heart attack I might have upon hearing the message in error would render a crash moot.