The Associated Press published a tweet Tuesday morning that sent the media world into a panic, inferring that the Dutch military plane carrying the bodies of MH17 passengers had crashed.
BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.
â€” The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014
The Washington Post quickly published the wire on its website and thousands of Twitter users retweeted the message. Scores of Twitter users called out the AP, cursing them openly for the mistake, and asked if the media outlet's account had been hacked.
The AP published a clarification minutes later:
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CLARIFIES: Dutch military plane carrying Malaysia Airlines bodies lands in Eindhoven.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014