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  • 27 March 2014, 16:23

Ship Mistaken For Plane Crash In Gran Canaria

Emergency services have mistaken a ship for a plane crash near Gran Canaria, it has emerged.

Officials in Spain's Canary Islands had said an aircraft had come down in the sea, two miles off the coast, before correcting the error moments later.

A spokeswoman for the Canary Island emergency services said: "It's not an airplane, it's a big tugboat pulling a ship."

Authorities had initially said a passenger plane had crashed and that they did not know how many people were on board.

Controladores A?os, which issued a photograph of the ship, said: "As you can see, the confusion was even logical, but it is a boat. All planes were controlled and safe."