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An automated announcement warning Aeroméxico passengers to prepare to land in water caused confusion on a recent flight from Mexico City to Mérida.

The pilot later explained that all was well with Flight 824, and blamed a slip of the finger for the erroneous “prepare-to-die” message.

Passengers reportedly let out screams at 10:52 a.m. Friday before being reassured that the flight was going to land as planned, on land.

The recording was quickly replaced for a standard call to fasten seatbelts and brings seats to an upright position. Flight attendants reportedly said nothing at first, until one apologized for the error.

Some passengers then reportedly laughed, while others commented that the mistake could have led someone to have a heart attack or start a panic.

The nearly full Boeing 737 Max 8 plane arrived at MID by 11:10 a.m.

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