Flight to Dusseldorf lands in Edinburgh after mix-up

British Airways passengers have told of their astonishment after boarding a plane to Germany – that ended up in Scotland.

The flight set off from London City Airport at 7.47am on Monday and was supposed to land in Dusseldorf.

But the pilot on the service was given a flight plan that directed him to Edinburgh, where he touched down at 9am.

Passengers on board only realised they had arrived at the wrong destination after a ‘welcome to Edinburgh’ announcement was made on the tannoy system.

Sophie Cooke, 24, who was on the flight, said that passengers were asked to raise their hands if they still wanted to fly to Dusseldorf.

She said: ‘The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened.’

London City Airport apologised to passengers and said the plane had ended up in Edinburgh as the crew had been given ‘an incorrect flight plan’.

In a statement on Twitter, the airport said: ‘As pleasant as Edinburgh is this time of year, we’re sorry that passengers travelling to Dusseldorf on BA3271, operated by WDL Aviation, initially landed in the Scottish capital, rather than their intended destination.

‘This was due to an incorrect flight plan submitted by WDL’.

British Airways 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.’

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