The disaster that didn’t happen … JFK-bound airplane with ‘brake failure’

http://twitter.com/#!/NYCityAlerts/status/299954951126384641

QUEENS: BREAKING NEWS- BAD TIMING! INBOUND FLIGHT A380 WITH 300 PEOPLE ON BOARD TO JFK REPORTING BRAKE PROBLEMS. 3,000 GALLONS FUEL #911BUFF

— 911 Operator (@911BUFF) February 8, 2013

An Emerites A380 flight inbound to JFK airport is reporting brake failure. 305 people aboard. ETA 5 minutes. (@nycityalerts)

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 8, 2013

A lot of Twitter users were understandably alarmed:

Oof, bad timing for this. “@nycityalerts: [JFK] staging for a inbound Emerites A380 with brake failure with 305 passengers on board.”

— Dan Frommer (@fromedome) February 8, 2013

Oh My God…. RT @yyb69 #JFK Inbound Emerites A380 with brake failure. ETA 5mins. 305 souls on-board, 3000lbs fuel. @nycaviation

— Mona (@FangirlMona) February 8, 2013

@spellingwitch “Prayers for the #Emirates flight w brake failure to land at JFK in blizzard. 305 on board. #A380 #NYC” – O_O Praying now!

— @SnowInVegas (@SnowInVegas) February 8, 2013

RT “@yyb69: #JFK Inbound Emerites A380 with brake failure. ETA 5mins. 305 souls on-board, 3000lbs fuel. @nycaviation“” omg this is terible!

— Ally Opfer(@ally_op) February 8, 2013

It seems odd that no MSM outlet picked up on the story. (Buzzfeed doesn’t count. They often make stuff up.)

According to two Twitter users, the plane was apparently able to land without any problem:

Source at JFK confirms. No call for assist. Just another day at JFK. RT @danisinthenews @nycaviation Sounded like the A380 landed safely

— JFK Jeff (@jfknewsandviews) February 8, 2013

From the best I can tell, EK201 landed at JFK without incident. Still trying to dig up more info on (false) brake failure.

— Jacob Wycoff (@4cast4you) February 8, 2013

This whole “story” smells pretty fishy.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/08/the-disaster-that-didnt-happen-jfk-bound-airplane-with-brake-failure/

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