- Message meant for 1 person mistakenly sent to all personnel at NATO airbase
- Message read: ‘MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!’
- Inadvertent incident occurred at NATO airbase in Spangdahlem, Germany
- Eight minutes later, another message recalled the missile warning
For eight panic-stricken moments the airmen of a US airbase in Germany thought that they were under attack when a message was sent warning of an incoming missile attack.
The terse bright red test message was supposed to be sent to one person only, but was instead sent to all wing personnel at NATO’s Spangdahlem Air Base, 100 miles west of Frankfurt.
Labeled ‘high severity’ the warning read: ‘MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!’
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Acknowledged: What was supposed to be a test message sent to one person was instead sent to all wing personnel at Spangdahlem Air Base
Humor: Social media users had fun with the mistaken announcement at the NATO air base in Germany. One user added an embarrassed smiley face to the original test message
Major Bryon McGarry told Stars and Stripes: ‘One of the command post controllers was building a template for this specific thing that was posted….And he inadvertently sent it to everybody.’
The message was distributed through the base’s AtHoc emergency alert system and appeared on user desktops in a tab that normally shows weather warnings.
Eight minutes later, a blue message recalled the missile warning and cleared up the matter.
It read: ‘A missile warning message was sent out inadvertently. PLEASE DISREGARD AND RESUME NORMAL OPERATIONS.’
Correction: Eight minutes later, a blue message recalled the missile warning and cleared up the matter