Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's a boat.
It's not a great punchline, but it is an actual news story.
Spanish media reported that a plane had crashed two miles from the shore of Gran Canaria, with emergency services confirming that rescue teams had headed to the scene.
It was spotted off the coast of Jinámar Boca Barranco.
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— r0eland (@r0eland) March 27, 2014
But it wasn't a plane, said the confused Spanish airports association AENA. It was, in fact, a shipping vessel.
The confusion was blamed on the very plane-like shape of a tug, which was towing another vessel.
Eyewitness pictures do seem to confirm the boat did look like a plane, despite not being one.
Breaking: Passengers plane lands on sea off Canary Islands.
— José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) March 27, 2014
— AskZelda! (@AskZelda_) March 27, 2014
UK media reported the plane crash this afternoon, with the BBC sending out a breaking news alert.
But just moments later, the report was confirmed as false.
Spain's EFE news agency has just deleted their report on the supposed crash -- which is really transparent journalism http://t.co/Mn6y5ynLkp
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) March 27, 2014
'Gran Canaria' became the top trending topic on Twitter within minutes.
The jokes were soon flying, unlike this boat.
Spanish media reports boat flying over Madrid
— Jack Riley (@_JackRiley) March 27, 2014
I'm not saying I wouldn't have mistaken a boat for a plane, I'm just querying if we've really got our top people on this?
— Baz (@bazlyons) March 27, 2014
Was that the shortest news story ever?
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) March 27, 2014
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