RAF drill sparked 'real world' crash rumours
- 14 March 2016
- From the section Norfolk
An RAF drill was mistaken for a real event and sparked reports of a tornado crash and ejections on social media.
An exercise at RAF Marham in Norfolk on Monday is understood to have included a call sign which was misinterpreted.
The RAF was forced to admit there had not been a "real world" incident shortly afterwards.
"We conducted a routine air safety drill involving RAF Marham's emergency services. We confirm there has been no actual incident," RAF Marham tweeted.
By mid-afternoon, tweets from various sources had claimed one of the two crew had ejected from the aircraft, and "witnesses reporting crashing tornado and ejections".
Shortly after 15:00 GMT, the RAF tweeted: "We can confirm there has been no "real-world" incident; ops continue, safely, as normal."