(Thanks so reader Matthew for the heads up):
You may remember a recent story about a SriLankan A340 colliding with a British Airways 747 on the tarmac in London (if you don’t remember it, that’s the summary). Turns out, the SriLankan passengers on that plane are told to return to the airport the next day and their flight will depart then. Passengers get on the plane and are then told that it’s the same aircraft that lost a wingtip the day before in the collision with the BA flight. There’s a bit of a revolt as passengers demand to be let off the plane. Following a 2 hour delay, an unspecified number of passengers are let off.
The plane, of course, was in no danger and landed safely in Colombo. But the airline probably should have discreetly mentioned to people that it was the same plane as the prior day — rather than causing a passenger freakout.