'We're about to crash'

Picture the scene. You're cruising at 30,000 feet somewhere over the North Sea. You've had a soggy complimentary meal and a gin & tonic and you're starting to doze off when the message comes over the tannoy:

'We are about to crash.'

You'd sit up and take notice, wouldn't you?

This was the experience of 275 British Airways passengers on a flight from London to Hong Kong on Tuesday night. But the plane wasn't really crashing, of course: the emergency message, which would have gone on to explain safety procedures if it hadn't been stopped, had been triggered by accident.

'We all thought we were going to die, Michelle from Preston told The Sun.

Whether, in the minute or two the passengers contemplated their fates, any nipped into the toilets for a last quickie has not been confirmed.

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