BA says sorry after flight to Dusseldorf lands in Edinburgh

March 26, 2019 08:01
British Airways said the plane was operated by German charter firm WDL on behalf of BA CityFlyer. Photo: AFP

British Airways has been forced to apologize after a flight from London to Dusseldorf landed more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) away in Edinburgh by mistake, Reuters reports.

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 subcontracted 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 apologized 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.

The plane, on its final flight on Sunday, flew to Edinburgh and back so it seems that someone at WDL mistakenly repeated the same flight plan for the next day, BBC News reported, citing BA.

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

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