Reports this morning of a Boeing 767 crash at Harare airport in Zimbabwe caused mass confusion with news agencies and panic among relatives, until it was revealed that it was a safety drill.
Zimbabwe officials say Boeing 767 arriving from London involved in accident at Harare airport – AP
Newswires such as the Associated Press and Twitter accounts like @breakingnews (above) reported the crash and had it confirmed by local officials, before being told that it was part of a drill to test safety procedures. A senior member of the Civil Aviation Authority told Reuters:
“There was a drill. We have to test our preparedness and response capabilities every now and then.” (Source: Reuters)
How it happened on Twitter:
After the safety drill was announced:
Update: Zimbabwe officials now say report of plane accident at Harare airport was only a drill – AP