Real or fake: Did a dad accidentally buy 2 aircrafts for son?

Real or fake: Did a dad accidentally buy 2 aircrafts for son?

- Twitter streets were sent into a frenzy after an article surfaced online claiming a man accidentally bought two planes

- The article reported the man wanted to buy his son two model Airbus aircrafts but ended up buying the real deal

- The father reported that he did not think the €329 million price tag was too much

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A website, ThinAirToday, reported earlier this month that a father bought his son two Airbus A350s for his birthday - by mistake!

The website claimed the father called Airbus and the language barrier made it difficult to communicate.

The father, who is reportedly a Saudi Arabian man, wanted to gift his aviation-enthusiast son two Airbus models but instead he accidentally ordered the real deal.

ThinAirToday claimed the man did not find the €329 million - which is about R5.5 billion - price tag suspicious.

“I got lost in currency conversions, I thought it was a bit expensive but still reasonable,” - the man reportedly said.

The publication reported the man was informed that his two aircrafts were ready a few months later and it was only then that he realised the mix-up.

"The Saudi man decided to keep one of the planes and gifted the other one to his cousin," the article read.

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Soon, the story blew up on social media with tweeps stunned by the blooper and how the father found the R5.5 billion price tag "reasonable".

Briefly.co.za decided to research the story in an attempt to establish whether or not the incident was fake or real.

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We stumbled upon an article by BOOM - a website that debunks hard-to-believe stories to determine whether they are fake news or not.

BOOM reported that ThinAirToday - the site that reported the story - was in fact a satire website.

A satire website is a type of parody that is presented in a format typical of journalism. The satire news sites are popular online in an environment where it is easy to mimic credible news sites, Wikipedia explained.

BOOM went on to share a screenshot of ThinAirToday's Facebook page, which clearly states it is a satire website

"Your daily dose of aviation news. Satire," the description reads.
Real or fake: Did a dad accidentally buy 2 aircrafts for son?

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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