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BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf by mistake

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BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf by mistake

 

A British Airways flight destined for Düsseldorf in Germany has landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly. The passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the "welcome to Edinburgh" announcement was made.

 

The plane, which started at London's City Airport, was then redirected and landed in Düsseldorf. WDL Aviation ran the BA flight through a leasing deal.

BA said it was working with WDL to find out why it filed the wrong flight plan.

 

"We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually," BA said in a statement. On its final flight on Sunday, the plane flew to Edinburgh and back so it seems that someone at WDL mistakenly repeated the same flight plan for the next day, according to BA.

 

Full story: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47691478

 

-- BBC 2019-03-26

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but what about the Chinese military plane that landed at the wrong airport in Perth. :cheesy:

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BA jet flies to wrong city, lands in Scotland instead of Germany

 

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FILE PHOTO: British Airways logos are seen on tail fins at Heathrow Airport in west London, Britain, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

 

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways has been forced to apologise after a flight from London to Dusseldorf landed more than 600 miles (965 km) away in Edinburgh by mistake.

 

The detour happened after a sub-contracted crew used an incorrect flight plan and set off from London City airport for the Scottish capital instead of setting course for the Rhine.

 

British Airways said the aircraft - a 96-seat BAe-146 regional jet - was operated by German charter firm WDL Aviation on behalf of BA CityFlyer. The crew and aircraft were sub-contracted from WDL under an arrangement known as a "wet lease".

 

"We are working with WDL Aviation, who operated this flight on behalf of British Airways, to establish why the incorrect flight plan was filed," BA said in a statement.

 

"We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually."

 

WDL Aviation said it had flown the passengers on to Dusseldorf after their unscheduled Scottish stopover.

 

"We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how the obviously unfortunate mix-up of flight schedules could occur," it said in a statement.

 

WDL is owned by Berlin-based logistics firm Zeitfracht Group.

 

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-03-26
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Posted (edited)

Wouldn't mind a free tour in Edinburgh 😏

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Good (bad) old BA does it again.  Despite all they say and try to do, they regularly manage to screw up their customer base.  How they continue to thrive  and why people continue to use them totally escapes me.  I avoid them like the plague. I even pay a little more to fly Eva Air from BKK to LHR and back. Never let me down yet. 

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6 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

They surely checked the boarding cards of the passengers, but they forgot to check the one of the captain :cheesy:

 

Obviously no conversation between flight crew and cabin staff before liftoff.

 

But seriously, how this can happen with today's flight logistics/control is a secret to me. Isn't every flight planned and registered with air-traffic control? And they didn't notice the wrong path?

Fortunately not El-Al heading for Teheran.

I heard a comment by Norman Tebbitt that goes some way to explain it:

 

"Military pilot training is designed to weed out those that can't do it, or who are below standard, to pick the best at piloting;  civilian pilot training is designed to push everyone through the system and get them qualified"

 

Perhaps the flight crew are just dim wits, or perhaps just incompetent.  

 

 

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Quote from "Pilotman""-

"Good (bad) old BA does it again"

To be fair, the plane and its crew (WDL Aviation) were all German on contract to BA. The flight plan would have been issued in Dusseldorf I believe. Nevertheless, it is egg in the face for BA.

 

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