French passengers aboard a recent Aer Lingus flight panicked after pilots broadcast the wrong announcement warning them to prepare for an emergency landing.
Announcements in both French and English were played during the Dublin to Paris flight, with the correct English version asking passengers to return to their seats because of turbulence. But the French-language announcement warned passengers that the plane had to ditch, a story by the DailyMail reported, scaring those passengers who understood French.
After a few minutes, the crew realized the error, apologized for airing the wrong French-language announcement, and clarified the message to passengers. An airline spokeswoman said the mistake was the result of an “unusual” malfunction of the PA system that has since been fixed.