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Complainant Name:
Murdo Mackay

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Murdo Mackay was one of three individuals who complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had wrongly reported that a helicopter crash in Glasgow involved an explosion resulting in a fireball. The complainant believed that the online article represented a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The newspaper explained how the reference to a "fireball" came to be included in its original coverage of the incident and said it was promptly removed after the witness withdrew their account. The newspaper accepted that the article was incorrect on this point and the complaint was resolved through the correction of the online article and the publication of the following footnote:

"A previous version of this article featured a headline describing an eyewitness account of an ‘explosion' and ‘fireball'. We are happy to clarify that there was in fact no explosion or fireball at the scene of the crash."

Date Published: 31/01/2014

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