An airliner flew to Scotland instead of Germany yesterday after the wrong flight plan was filed. British Airways flight BA3271, operated from London City airport by German sub-contractor WDL Aviation, initially landed in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, rather than the German city of Dusseldorf, on the Rhine river.
The mix-up appeared to have been caused by a previous day’s flight plan being reused in error, the BBC reported.
British Airways told the BBC the aircraft’s final flight on Sunday had been a return trip to Edinburgh from London City airport and it appeared the same flight plan was mistakenly repeated the next day. Because the aircraft flew according to a filed flight plan there had been no danger, British Airways said.
Passenger reactions ranged from frustration that the aircraft’s toilets were blocked and the galley had run out of snacks to tolerant and amused. A British passenger used twitter to confess that while he had himself once fallen asleep on the London Underground and ended up in a lonely suburban tube station, he had not expected to do the same on an aircraft.
‘I have fallen asleep, missed my stop and woken up at the end of the district line before. This morning I never expected to wake up from my Dusseldorf-bound flight … in Edinburgh,’ Peter James-Hamilton said.
The flight continued from Edinburgh to Dusseldorf after the unscheduled stopover.