Passengers flying on British Airways’ BA3271 scheduled flight to Düsseldorf got a surprise on the morning hours of 25 March, when the plane landed instead in Edinburgh, Scotland.
According to the airline, the error occurred as a result of a paperwork error when an incorrect flight plan was filed by WDL Aviation. The German company was running the flight through a ‘wet-lease’ arrangement, in which the plane and crew are hired under the umbrella of the BA CityFlyer branding.
An investigation is currently being undertaken by the two companies to determine how this error transpired.
According to local media sources in the UK, the error was only revealed upon arrival at Edinburgh Airport at which point the pilot welcomed passengers on board to Scotland’s capital.
After realising a mistake was made and waiting two and a half hours at the airport, flight BA3271 took off again and correctly headed for Düsseldorf, its intended destination.
The flight landed roughly five and a half hours after its original scheduled arrival time. Passengers on the flight are expected to be compensated for the delay.