Store security mistaken for crashed airplane SOS

Nov. 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

BERWICK, Nova Scotia, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Canadian authorities said they are investigating how a store's security system was able to send out a signal mistaken for an SOS from a crashed plane.

Transport Canada's Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System registered an SOS signal Nov. 14 indicating a British Airways Boeing 777 passenger liner crashed in the area near Avery's Farm Market in Berwick, Nova Scotia, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

The area was searched using a helicopter and an Aurora aircraft before authorities learned the plane suspected of crashing had landed safely in Atlanta.

April Huntley, a supervisor at Avery's Farm Market, said authorities determined the SOS signal had come from the store's security system. However, they were unable to explain why the years-old security system emitted a signal mistaken for an airplane SOS.

"We're not really sure why the signal was coming from the security system," Huntley said.

Canadian officials said the incident is being investigated.

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