BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

It is understood that neither the pilot nor the crew realised they were heading for the wrong destination until they landed

Passengers realised they were in the wrong country only after an announcement was made welcoming them to Edinburgh after the plane landed, the BBC reported.

The 525-mile mistake happened Monday, after an incorrect flight plan was filed, changing the flight path of the London, England flight from Düsseldorf, Germany - where it was originally scheduled to land - to Edinburgh, Scotland.

He said: "Can you please explain how can my morning flight taking off from LCY to Dusseldorf land in Edinburgh?"

British Airways said it was working with WDL to work out how the wrong flight plan was filed.

"We have apologized to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually", an airline representative said.

'We were happy to work with the various teams across the airport to help make the trip to Edinburgh a pleasurable, albeit short, one'.

She said the flight crew was apologetic when the mistake was discovered.

Passengers had to remain on the plane until it could be given permission to fly on to Dusseldorf.

"It became very frustrating".

Some passengers took to Twitter to voice their frustration. The toilets were blocked and they ran out of snacks. "It was also really stuffy", Cooke said.

Sophie Cooke, a 24-year-old management consultant who travels from London to Düsseldorf weekly, told the BBC she asked the cabin crew if they were serious.

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".

British Airways said the safety of the passengers was never "compromised".

"When we landed there was a bit of a hilarious moment when the flight attendant asked for a show of hands for the people going to Dusseldorf, which turned out to be everyone", she said.

WDL Aviation describes itself as "a leading provider of aircraft leasing, commercial and private charter flights".

A passenger tweeted his confusion after touching down, saying: "I don't think anyone on board has signed up for this mystery travel lottery".

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