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Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:36 PM

British Airways Plane Lands In Edinburgh By Accident..(flight was to land in Dusseldorf)

BY : EMILY MURRAY
https://www.unilad.co.uk/technology/british-airways-plane-lands-in-edinburgh-by-accident/?source=facebook

Passengers on a British Airways plane were shocked when their flight destined for Dusseldorf, Germany, landed in Edinburgh, Scotland, by accident.Flight BA3271 took off from London City Airport earlier today (March 25), and has since been redirected to the correct destination, finally landing in Dusseldorf.

Being awful with directions and maps, I often end up nowhere near where I should be, but a plane landing in the wrong country is something else.

According to BBC News, German firm WDL Aviation ran the flight on behalf of British Airways as part of a leasing deal.The plane followed the wrong flight plan after paperwork was submitted incorrectly, something both air traffic control and the pilot didnít notice as they were following the instructions laid out in the documents.

WDL Aviation and British Airways are now looking into what happened

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People then became frustrated, asking cabin crew if the pilot was being serious and for an explanation.

Sophie added:

The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened. He said it had never happened before and that the crew was trying to work out what we could do.

It became very frustrating. The toilets were blocked and they ran out of snacks. It was also really stuffy.

The plane was sat on the tarmac at Edinburgh for two-and-a-half hours.

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SoCalDem Mar 2019 OP
get the red out Mar 2019 #1
edbermac Mar 2019 #2
Kaleva Mar 2019 #3
bobbieinok Mar 2019 #4
zipplewrath Mar 2019 #5
VOX Mar 2019 #6
ProudLib72 Mar 2019 #7
planetc Mar 2019 #8
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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:45 PM

1. That's not really close

as Europe goes.....

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:54 PM

2. At least they got the right hemisphere.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:59 PM

3. Any bets that Florida Man was the pilot?

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:59 PM

4. Seems like something that could be worked to apply to UK and Brexit

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:59 PM

5. Bit of a misleading description

Apparently the paperwork for the flight was for Edinburgh, and that is what was put into the autopilot, and what ATC was following. No one seemed to notice that a flight that was for Dusseldorf had submitted a flight plan for Edinburgh.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 03:59 PM

6. No offense to Dusseldorf, but Edinburgh's nicer.

I know, I know, not when youíre trying to get to Dusseldorf.

But still...

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 04:02 PM

7. Flight computer didn't understand instructions in German

Interesting that it chose Scotland instead, seeing as how Scottish brogue is less understandable than German.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 04:08 PM

8. Surely you would notice that you had not flown over the English Channel?

I am thinking of a story about an older generation of pilots who could navigate by sight -- by looking out the window. Modern planes are far more complex of course. Have we reached the limits of complexity here?

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 05:29 PM

9. LOL WHUT

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2019, 05:34 PM

10. The pilots did what they were supposed to do

The mistake wasn't theirs.

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