LONDON — Passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Düsseldorf, Germany, have been left bewildered on Monday when their aircraft landed in Scotland by mistake.
A blunder with paperwork appears to have been the issue: British Airways stated a German firm that had chartered the aircraft, WDL Aviation, had submitted the fallacious path to air visitors controllers.
“We’re working with WDL Aviation, who operated this flight on behalf of British Airways, to ascertain why the wrong flight plan was filed,” British Airways stated in a press release.
The flight, BA3271, which took off from London Metropolis Airport, didn’t appear to have been in any hazard; due to the wrong paperwork, the crew — together with the pilot — and air visitors controllers had all apparently believed that Edinburgh was the aircraft’s meant vacation spot.
That got here as small consolation to the passengers when flight attendants knowledgeable them that that they had landed within the Scottish capital, about 520 miles from their meant vacation spot.
“British Airways, are you able to please clarify how can my morning flight taking off from LCY to Düsseldorf land in Edinburgh?” one passenger, Son Tran, wrote on Twitter, utilizing the airport code for London Metropolis Airport.
Mr. Tran, who was going to Düsseldorf on enterprise, stated that not one of the passengers had appeared conscious of the vacation spot mix-up.
“Whereas an attention-grabbing idea, I don’t suppose anybody on board has signed up for this thriller journey lottery,” he added in his publish.
British Airways stated, “We’ve got apologized to prospects for this interruption to their journey and will likely be contacting all of them individually.”
London Metropolis Airport additionally apologized, saying on Twitter, “As nice as Edinburgh is that this time of 12 months, we’re sorry that passengers touring to Düsseldorf on BA3271, operated by WDL Aviation, initially landed within the Scottish capital.”
In an emailed assertion, WDL Aviation stated it was “working intently with the authorities to analyze how the clearly unlucky mix-up of flight schedules may happen.”
Whereas in Scotland, the aircraft refueled, and WDL Aviation stated it took off once more “after the involuntary stopover in Edinburgh.” The flight did ultimately attain Düsseldorf — lower than three hours late.