Then there’s the story of the Boeing 747 on a transatlantic flight from Paris.
1 hour in the captain came on the intercom and told everyone that they had lost an outboard engine. They were not to worry, but it would take and extra 30 minutes before they could make it to New York.
30 minutes later, the captain came back on the speakers and announced that they had lost the outboard engine on the other side. Still, they were not to worry, because the plane could easily fly on two engines. But there would be an additional delay of 45 minutes getting into New York.
20 minutes after that a third message was relayed. They had lost one of the inboard engines. Still, there was no concern since the airplane could be flown on one engine, but it would take an additional 1 hour to make it to New York.
At that point, one of the passengers turned to the person in the seat next to him. “If we lose that last engine, we could be up here all night!”
You beat me to it. That is a true classic!
Airplane panic attack