Passenger plane mistakenly lands in Edinburgh, instead of Dusseldorf

File pictures - REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
File pictures - REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
By Matthew Holroyd & Rachael Kennedy
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British Airways say they are working with WDL Aviation to establish why the incorrect flight plan was filed.


A British Airways flight to Dusseldorf in Germany has landed in Edinburgh by mistake after the paperwork for the journey was submitted incorrectly.

The German firm WDL Aviation was operating flight 3271, which took off from London City Airport, for BA as part of a leasing deal.

Passengers were made aware of the mistake after the aircraft landed and an announcement was made, welcoming them to Edinburgh.

The plane has since touched down at it's intended destination in Dusseldorf.

A British Airways spokesperson confirmed to Euronews the flight route to Edinburgh had been approved by air traffic controllers based on the flight plan issued by WDL.

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

“We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually,” it added. 

Meanwhile, WDL Aviation told Euronews they are “working closely with the authorities to investigate how the obviously unfortunate mix-up of flight schedules could occur.”

It said the safety of the passengers had not been compromised at any time during the "involuntary stopover".

The number of passengers affected by the mistake had not been confirmed at the time of writing.

WDL Aviation describes itself as “a leading provider of aircraft leasing, commercial and private charter flights”.

Passengers affected

Some passengers publicly shared their experiences aboard the flight.

London-based Son Tran tweeted on behalf of his fellow passengers, saying no one had "signed up for this mystery travel lottery."

Sympathising with the crew, Tran added: "This feels like an honest mistake rather than a diversion."

"The crew was convinced of the Edinburgh flight path from the get-go."

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