British Airways Performs Comical Blunder

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Imagine waking up from a nap on a flight that has just landed, excited to finally get off the aircraft, only to find that you have landed in the wrong city by accident. It’s hard to imagine because it sounds absurd, but passengers from British Airways Flight 3721 were subject to precisely this.

They boarded a plane from London City Airport that was supposed to fly them to Dusseldorf, Germany, but when they landed, they were surprised to find out that they had landed 525 miles away in Edinburgh, Scotland instead.

The mix-up was due to an incorrectly filed flight plan by Germany’s own WDL Aviation.

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

“We have apologized to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually,” they continued.

WDL Aviation said in a statement: “We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how the obviously unfortunate mix-up of flight schedules could occur. At no time has the safety of passengers been compromised. We flew the passengers on the flight with number BA3271 to Dusseldorf after the involuntary stopover in Edinburgh.”

One of the passengers on the flight, Zsófia Szabó, told CNN that she grasped something was off when she looked outside the window.

“When we started descending and I saw some taller hills/mountains, I did think that this isn’t how Eastern Netherlands/Western Germany should look like but I assumed we took some small detour,” she said. “Then my colleague sitting across the aisle from me told me to check Google Maps — and it showed us being around Carlisle.”

“The information then spread around quite quickly. Everyone started asking everyone else where they were going — everyone was for Dusseldorf.”

“When we landed there was a bit of a hilarious moment when the flight attendant asked for a show of hands for the people going to Dusseldorf, which turned out to be everyone,” she said.

This continues a recent trend of negativity surrounding aircraft carriers after Boeing’s 737 Max aircrafts were being grounded after two crashes less than six months apart.

And although this had nothing to do with compromised safety, it’s still a mishap from the airline and doesn’t help the image of flying.

The flight eventually did reach Dusseldorf after refueling in Scotland, but it was just under three hours late. You can read more about this on CNN.


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