British Airways flight to Dusseldorf lands in Edinburgh ‘by mistake’

posted on 25th March 2019 by Justin Burns

A British Airways (BA) service this morning between London City Airport and Dusseldorf Airport landed in Scotland “by mistake” with the pilot only realising after arriving in Edinburgh.

Passengers were reportedly left stunned when they were greeted with a ‘Welcome to Edinburgh’ message after the BA3271 flight touched down in the Scottish capital.

German firm WDL Aviation was operating the flight on behalf of the airline, which landed in Edinburgh at about 09.00h, for BA as part of a leasing deal.

The error was believed to be due to a mix-up with flight paperwork, with the pilot believing all along he was supposed to be flying to Edinburgh.

Initially perceiving it to be a joke, media outlets said passengers on board only realised they were actually in Edinburgh when the captain entered the cabin and asked people to put up their hands if they were expecting to go to Dusseldorf.

They were later taken on to the German city, after a two-hour delay on the runway in Edinburgh.

British Airways said it is working with WDL Aviation to establish why the incorrect flight plan was filed.