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Top Gear forced to scrap '£500,000' filming trip after stars and crew are left stranded flying to Kazakhstan

Mirror Mirror 30/03/2016 By Mirror .co.uk

© Provided by Mirror Top Gear was forced to scrap a big-budget trip over the weekend which is thought to have cost £500,000 ($1million NZD).

Three of its new stars, presenters Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan, and 40 crew members were left stranded trying to make their way to Kazakhstan to film scenes for the BBC show.

The huge team got held up in Moscow after all flights to the former Soviet republic were grounded.

They were forced to abort the trip and fly home after the airline stopped the flights due to a disagreement over schedules, reports The Sun.

An insider told the newspaper: “It was a monumental cock-up and really expensive.”

They added: “The Top Gear team had all the correct visas. The issue was a row between Aeroflot and Kazakhstan. Everyone on the flight was told to get off.”

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The source also said the car show has insurance to cover such unfortunate situations.

While the BBC said it wasn’t the fault of Top Gear or the three presenters.

“Through no fault of the Top Gear team, the airline carrying them was not permitted to fly from Moscow to Kazakhstan so they returned to London.

“They intend to visit Kazakhstan in the future to shoot the planned film there. The BBC will be looking to recoup the cost of the flights."

It comes just weeks after the show landed itself in hot water over the controversial Cenotaph stunt.

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