I read about this from different sources, blogs, websites, etc, but I was waiting for a video from one of the many news agencies showing pictures, supposedly taken by one of the passengers, of the moment of the Air France accident, that left all passengers dead, and only a few pieces of the plane scattered on the ocean.
The following video is in Spanish, but it will give you an idea of how this was handled by the media.
The lady explains how the pictures were taken by one of the passengers during the moment of the accident, and how one of the passengers gets thrown out of the plane. She then explains that the photos were found in a digital Casio Z750, amidst the remains in Serra do Cachimbo, Brazil.
On 30 September 2006, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Brazil’s Gol Airlines collided with a 13-seat Embraer
Legacy 600 corporate jet at 37,000 feet over Brazil. The seven people aboard the corporate jet survived an emergency landing at a military base in the Amazon, but all 154 passengers and crew aboard the commercial airliner were killed when the plane plunged to the ground.
The hoax back story for these pictures was propagated in late October 2006 on the blog of a Brazilian man named Carlos Cardoso. Mr. Cardoso admitted to the hoax on his blog, claiming he was attempting to demonstrate that people only skim the first paragraph or so of articles and don’t really absorb or think critically about what they’re reading (a point demonstrated by the fact that the original blog entry included a link at the end to another entry explaining the hoax).
You can see how eager the press was to show those pictures to the public, they failed to check if the pictures were real and who knows if they paid any money to obtain them. In any case, this just shows how the press nowadays behaves like tabloids. It’s a good thing there wasn’t an alien on the pictures or they would have added that the plane crash was an alien’s fault.