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BA lands at WRONG airport - Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf

Old 25th Mar 2019, 13:45
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BA lands at WRONG airport - Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf

You couldn't make it up. Hope there were no fuel anxieties.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47691478

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

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Old 25th Mar 2019, 13:54
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You would have thought that someone might have twigged when the captain welcomed everyone on-board his service to "Edinburgh"!!!!
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 13:58
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The exact point it makes in the article, to be fair
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:00
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Originally Posted by Auxtank View Post
You couldn't make it up. Hope their were no fuel anxieties.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47691478

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

Märzfest?

I remember the good times when news like this were destined for the humor pages. In this day and age, BBC talks about it like someone rotated the Earth in the wrong direction. Come on! People lost 2-3 hours but now have a story to laugh about. "A German pilot flew us in the wrong direction, HAHAHAHA!" Relax!
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:02
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The pilots must have been expecting to go to EDI, they must have briefed EDI in the crew room, checked the flight plan and the route in the nav system. Wonder what their roster said..

All very embarrassing.

As an aside it wasn’t BA it was CityFlyer and it wasn’t even them rather WDL operating on their behalf.
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:04
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Originally Posted by jensdad View Post
The exact point it makes in the article, to be fair
I meant an announcement prior to departure, not on landing!!! I can't think of any flight that I have been on where the flight deck don't make some form of announcement prior to departure! Or the cabin staff for that matter.
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:09
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Originally Posted by Auxtank View Post
You couldn't make it up.

This may be more complex that it appears. My initial reaction was nonsense, not 'landed at wrong airport' at all, rather gate staff/bus drivers put pax on the wrong plane. But how could the cabin crew not notice an entire load of boarding passes saying Dusseldorf, or an entire load of pax not norice "Welcome aboard this flight to Edinburgh"? The notice above the boarding gate must have shown the destination and flight number as DUS.

Is it possible the flight deck thought they were going to EDI and the cabin thought the destination was DUS? If so that's an incredible breakdown in briefing and crew co-operation.

Diffident, never not heard a welcome speech? I take it you never fly Ryanair then?

Gonna be some red faces over this one!
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:13
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Pilots too disconnected from the cabin now?

Some of the replies on social media are pretty funny.

The crew must have been expecting to go to Edinburgh. Entered it in the flight computer and air traffic expecting Edinburgh too. But as said surely they made an announcement at the start of the flight and on route?
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:15
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Incredible - surely they knew the way though as the aircraft appears to be CGN based which is just down the road from DUS. Seriously though, looks like the same airframe completed an LCY/EDI rotation yesterday (intentionally), but very interested to learn how this could have happened - what paperwork were they given? Callsign used this morning appears to have been the usual one for the 3271 LCY/DUS so would've though ATC might have picked up on this regardless of the FPL? I always thought BA were highly selective with ACMI contracts and I'm sure CFE are as well?
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:17
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
Is it possible the flight deck thought they were going to EDI and the cabin thought the destination was DUS? If so that's an incredible breakdown in briefing and crew co-operation.
Seems the likeliest explanation.

The view of the Forth Bridge on finals must have woken some up in the cabin!
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I remember a landing where to the announcement "We have now landed to Brussels" totally silenced a cabin full of business folk who were (they thought) travelling to Cologne. Everyone looked at each other with the same expression of horror - then a quickly uttered correction was added over the PA. .
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:23
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Yesterday the aircraft flew from Dusseldorf to London city and then to Edinburgh before heading back the same route, the crew presumably thought they were doing the same again.
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:26
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Originally Posted by diffident View Post
I meant an announcement prior to departure, not on landing!!! I can't think of any flight that I have been on where the flight deck don't make some form of announcement prior to departure! Or the cabin staff for that matter.
Apologies, I got the wrong end of the stick there. Personally I'm amazed that none of the passengers twigged when the plane was flying over Northern England rather than Holland, and that the sun was in the wrong place. Depends on weather, though.
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 14:27
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but it's OK, they were never lost!
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I've had the wrong destination on the flight plan/fuel plan before, not like this though, they used the alt as destination and vice versa
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Could be worse once Virgin Galactic get going...
Meanwhile,
Even if not Luton!
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 15:01
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SID for EDDL would be via CLN or DVR while a SID to EGPH would be via BPK.

Did the cockpit crew not question with ATC why they were given a northern departure? Clearly not....
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Old 25th Mar 2019, 15:09
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Imagine the chaos at BNE in the old days when on Sunday morning there would be a flock of Friendships on the apron.
Paxs would front up at the chainwire gate, show their boarding pass and the lovely young lady would say "that aircraft over there"
All good except all F28s look the same.
The result was that the passenger I had to pick up from the last leg of a journey from Houston to Quilpe ended up in Rockhampton.
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Imagine the commotion and comments about poor levels of professionalism if a similar problem had happened to say .... Lionair or Ethiopian Airlines
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Originally Posted by jensdad View Post
Personally I'm amazed that none of the passengers twigged when the plane was flying over Northern England rather than Holland, and that the sun was in the wrong place. Depends on weather, though.
I'm not. Remember Varig 254? They entered heading 270 instead of 27.0, and BOTH pilots were looking directly into the setting sun and didn't realize their mistake.

Besides, any frequent flier knows that planes move in mysterious ways following established coridors. And people more educated in geography know that a plane flying, for example, from Dubai to an apparent West to Houston, would actually fly North.

Also consider the modern mindset about security. Anything you do out of the ordinary may lead to an "investigation" that may cost you some VERY serious problems. If people are beaten by security guards for refusing to change seats, imagine what can happen if you suddenly start banging on a cockpit door (or talk to a flight attendand) demanding the plane to change course. That can only end well.
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