Impending Disasters Announced Via Computer

I had no idea that there were automated disaster warnings on planes, such one telling passengers to prepare to crash.

  1. Apparently they exist.
  2. 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.

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