Emergency services in the Canary Islands were left with red faces on Thursday after mistaking a shipping vessel in the sea for a crashed plane.
Services announced that a plane had landed in the water two miles off the coast of Gran Canaria just after 3pm.
But in fact it was a tug boat carrying a large object that at a distance resembled an aircraft's fuselage, reports the BBC.
Journalist Idafe Martin Perez retweeted a pic of the scene:
According to the Metro, a spokeswoman for the Canary Island emergency services told news agency Reuters: "It's not an airplane, it's a big tugboat pulling a ship."
While there was obvious relief at the fact the plane crash turned out to be a false alarm, some people took to Twitter to make light of the situation - and give the area's emergency services a little ribbing.
According to theDaily Mail, Sky News presenter Kay Burley tweeted: "Canary Islands emergency services mistook a ship for a crashed airliner... #ShouldHaveGoneToSpecSavers."
A total of 583 people were killed when two Boeing 747 passenger planes crashed on the runway at Tenerife airport on 27 March, 1977.
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