Andrea Romano
August 29, 2018

Great Scott! Looks like an unsuspecting newsperson just got pranked.

People across the internet have been delighted by a news report by Kathryn Burcham of Boston 25 News in which she accidentally claims a local plane crash was caused by an imaginary piece of technology from the 1985 movie "Back to the Future," Mashable reported.

In the clip, Burcham says the 20-year-old pilot, Jacob Haselden, who crash-landed a skydiving plane at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Massachussetts, told her the accident was due to a “defective flux capacitator.”

A “flux capacitator,” or capacitor, as in the movie, is a component in Dr. Emmett Brown’s DeLorean that makes time travel possible.

So, either that baby hit 88 miles an hour and blew a fuse, or Burcham misreported what caused the crash.

It’s unclear whether Burcham simply misspoke or was given bad information from the pilot. The “flux capacitator” was not mentioned in the story on the Boston 25 News website.

Still, the clip of Burcham has made its rounds on social media and Reddit. Kids of the '80s and '90s are probably still giggling.

“Flux capacitator.” LOL!

Posted by Butch West on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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But as one Twitter user pointed out, the pilot might have said “flux gate compass” when interviewed, creating a simple misunderstanding.

The user also mentioned that a flux gate compass probably would not have caused a crash, other than creating a “distraction.”

According to 7 News Boston, Haselden was piloting the plane for Go SkyDive Boston. Other passengers were able to get out of the plane before the incident, and he was the only person on board when it crashed. Haselden managed to escape with minor injuries. An investigation is currently underway.

As Marty McFly would say, “This sounds pretty heavy.”

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