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How This Flight Mistakenly Landed in the Wrong Destination



Airlines occasionally have to make emergency landings or direct flights from their destination point for a number of reasons.

Planes don’t airlines/ryanair-mistakenly-flies-elderly-man-to-malta-instead-of-poland.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>usually fly to the wrong destination by accident, but that seems to have been the case for a British Airways flight.

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The British Airways flight took off from London City Airport on Monday and was destined for Dusseldorf, Germany, but due to flight paperwork submitted incorrectly, it landed in Edinburgh.

Travelers quickly realized the mistake when the plane landed and a “Welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was made. Passenger Sophie Cooke told the BBC that everyone thought the “Welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was a joke until the pilot asked everyone to raise their hands if they wanted to go to Dusseldorf.

Everyone’s hands went up in the air.

Apparently, the plane had flown from London to Edinburgh and back the previous day and someone at WDL Aviation accidentally repeated and submitted the same flight plan for the next day.

The airline crew arrived at London City airport on Monday, saw the Edinburgh destination on the flight plan and followed the same route, unaware that the plane was meant for Germany.

Passengers were bewildered by the experience and many took to Twitter to share the bizarre incident.

Passengers had to wait for two and a half hours on the tarmac while the pilot and crew sorted out the mistake.

“It became very frustrating. The toilets were blocked and they ran out of snacks. It was also really stuffy,” Cooke said.

“We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually,” British Airways said in a statement.

WDL Aviation said it was “working closely with the authorities to investigate how the obviously unfortunate mix-up of flight schedules could occur.”

They added that the passengers were taken to Dusseldorf after the unexpected stop, saying, “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.”

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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