The company has confused the nations of Austria and Australia in its 2016 accounts. However, the manufacturer has clarified that legal proceedings have been brought against it in Vienna.
A tiny typo has caused big blushes for aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which appears to have confused the two very distinct countries of Austria and Australia in its 2016 accounts.
According to news agency Reuters, on Monday, the Financial Times, itself referencing the small print of the manufacturer’s 2016 finances, reported that Airbus was under investigation by authorities in Australia for fraud or bribery.
While the company’s accounts did indeed refer to the Pacific nation of Australia, a spokesperson clarified to the agency that this reference was, in fact, a typo. “It should read Austria and not Australia,” he told the news outlet.
Unfortunate typographical errors aside, Airbus has confirmed that legal proceedings were initiated against it and its role as a participant in the wider Eurofighter consortium by authorities in Vienna earlier this year. This action relates to alleged fraud concerning a $2 billion order that was placed with the body well over a decade ago.
Airbus, however, can perhaps take comfort in the fact that its mistake has landed it in good company; indeed, Reuters reports that both CNN and even the United Nations (UN) aren’t infallible when it comes to confusing two similar-sounding but obviously very distinct nations.
In 2016, news outlet CNN was ridiculed on social media for reporting that Australia was constructing a fence on its border with Slovenia. Similarly, back in 2014, an item by the Associated Press reported that former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon thanked the nation of Australia for its hospitality while speaking at a conference in Vienna.
It is not clear whether Airbus will be filing a new set of corrected financial accounts in light of the typo.