Associated Press Bungles Malaysia Airlines Crash Alert, Sends Newsrooms Into Panic

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A KLM stewardess pays her respects at Schiphol Airport during a national day of mourning for the victims killed the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane disaster on July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

For a brief moment on Wednesday morning, Twitter users nearly had a collective blip of a heart attack when the AP tweeted that one of the Dutch planes carrying bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines flight "crash lands in Eindhoven." The apparent news from one of the most trusted news sources in the world, that one of the planes flying crash victims home had also crashed at the airport, was unthinkable.

The tweet was a breaking news alert from the AP on the wire, which meant the error was spread far and wide.

BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014

But look closer. Never has the need for an alert copy-editor been so apparent.

Near panic RT @mashable: Dutch military plane carrying the bodies from #MH17 has landed safely in the Netherlands pic.twitter.com/2DwybaB1EF

— Brian Ries+ (@moneyries) July 23, 2014

CLARIFIES: Dutch military plane carrying Malaysia Airlines bodies lands in Eindhoven.

— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014

The AP issued a clarification shortly after the mistake, but that didn't stop eagle-eyed journalists from panic this morning. It also led a few to wonder whether a plane safely landing is grounds for breaking news in the first place.

That @AP alert about the #MH17 crash body plane landing in the Netherlands nearly killed me, @AmandaWills & @jonathanellis in one punch.

— Brian Ries+ (@moneyries) July 23, 2014

Six days after the Malaysia Airlines crash that killed 298 people in Ukraine, the bodies of the victims are arriving in The Netherlands, where 193 of the dead are from. Black boxes from the plane are also being analyzed by international specialists, and a full invesitagtion is underway, according to the Dutch safety board.