You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

British Airways flight to Germany accidentally lands in Scotland

The Independent logo The Independent 25/3/2019 Helen Coffey

A British Airways flight to Dusseldorf mistakenly landed in Edinburgh due to a mix up with paperwork.

The accidental diversion from London City airport happened after incorrect documentation was submitted for the flight.

Passengers did not realise the error until a “Welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was made over the tannoy.

Passenger Son Tran tweeted: “British Airways, can you please explain how can my morning flight taking off from LCY to Dusseldorf land in Edinburgh? While an interesting concept, I don’t think anyone on board has signed up for this mystery travel lottery...”

He added: “This feels like an honest mistake rather than a diversion. The crew was convinced of the Edinburgh flight path from the get-go.”

BA flight 3271 took off at 7.46am and touched down in the Scottish capital at 8.47am, rather than the planned 9.40am arrival in Dusseldorf.

The plane sat on the tarmac for two and a half hours before finally setting off for western Germany, 24-year-old management consultant Sophie Cooke told the BBC.

British Airways said the service was actually wet leased - or hired - by a company called WDL Aviation on behalf of BA City Flyer.

It was WDL’s aircraft, crew and pilot that operated the flight.

WDL staff listed the incorrect flightpath in the paperwork submitted the night before the scheduled service.

As far as the pilot and air traffic control were concerned, the flight was Edinburgh-bound and they followed correct procedures, according to BA.

The safety of passengers was not compromised at any point, the airline added.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: image © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited image

A BA spokesperson said: “We are 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.”

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 Düsseldorf after the involuntary stopover in Edinburgh.”

More from The Independent

The Independent
The Independent
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon