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Jun. 23 2009 - 9:44 am | 1,358 views | 1 recommendation | 31 comments

Duped newscast airs ‘Lost’ scene as Flight 447’s last moments

In their rush to air exclusive photos of Flight 447’s destruction, no one in this newsroom stopped to ask the logical questions, such as: 1) How did the camera survive? and 2) Why are the photos in wide-screen format?

The answers, of course, are: 1) Because the footage is from Lost. And, 2) because the footage is from Lost.

The source material (starts at 8:05):

UPDATE: According to a Digg commenter (my high school Spanish wasn’t up to the task), the newscaster explains that the camera was destroyed, but the memory card was somehow recovered. ¡Que suerte!


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    This is hilarious, sad and pathetic all at the same time. Seriously, who hasn’t seen Lost?

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    Apparently this is not the first time news casters have fallen for the hoax, though Lost is certainly more popular now than it was in 2006: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_photos_gol_737_crash.htm

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    The full extend of this mayor failure can only be appreciate it with a full translation, well I will give it a try…

    “…we want to show you these photographs, there are two of them.
    This first photograph,please pay attention; these two photographs were taken apparently by one of the passengers of the plane, previous moments before the collision, and AFTER the plane crashed.”[how that might even possible, that's beyond me, but that's she said]“these photographs were recovered from a camera’s memory; the first one is a hole in the fuselage from where you can look at the empennage, and a vertical vision of the plane”[not sure what she is talking about by saying "vertical vision of the plane"]
    “and on the second photograph shows one of the passenger falling off through this hole. the images were taken by a Casio Digital Cam Z750, the debris of this camera were found on the hills of Cachimbo in Brazil, apparently the camera was destroyed but the memory survived.
    Using the camera’s serial number the possible owner was identified as Paolo Miller a stage actor for kids well know in Porto Alegre, one can imagine the photographer was on his feet during the turbulence, make him possible to take the photos before the seconds after the plane lost the empennage. The camera was found near one of the parts of the cockpit, the movement of the structure possibly ejected the motors slowing down the descending speed some how protecting the electronic equipment but unfortunately not the victims”

    The headline read “THE PICTURE OF THE TRAGEDY”
    Taken by a passenger

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    To answer your questions: 1) How did the camera survive?
    They claim the remains of the camera were found in Brazil, the serial number showed that the registered owner was in fact one of the passengers.

    2) Why are the photos in wide-screen format?
    It is no mystery that many digital cameras can take pictures in 16:9-format.

    The question should be: What MORON at the tv-station should be fired for not doing his research properly?

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    Not to mention that the plane crashed at night!

    Well, probably the skilled photographer used the lightnings as flash…

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