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Old 03-28-2019, 12:51 PM
Location: southern kansas
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Originally Posted by Hulsker 1856 View Post
Uh... no.

Even at cruising altitude, I can tell whether I'm over agricultural land or forest or desert. It's obvious at a mere glance, to say nothing of the difference between being over water and land.

But London is close to the Channel, and on a flight between LCY and DUS an airliner is nowhere near cruising altitude before it is over open water. Anyway, at 8:00 Monday morning - 15 minutes after this flight took off - archived satellite images show the southeastern 1/3rd of Britain to be under clear skies, with only scattered clouds all the way up to western Scotland. So that wasn't the issue.

Not a single passenger noticed that they never passed over the ocean. That's odd.
I'll defer to your knowledge on that subject. I haven't flown in decades, and memories are blurry. Just don't recall seeing much scenery on way or the other. But like I said, It's been a while.
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Old 03-28-2019, 01:21 PM
Location: Great Britain
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Originally Posted by Pruzhany View Post
Passenger plane lands safely - in the wrong country - Israel National News

Passengers who found themselves in a Scottish city Monday had expected to land in Dusseldorf, Germany, flight BA 3271’s listed destination.
Major embarrassment for British Airways, especially on there 100th year.

BA100 | 100 years of British Airways

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Old 03-30-2019, 03:05 AM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Why on earth would any passenger take their eyes off their phone and raise the window shades, to look out the window?
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Old Yesterday, 06:36 PM
Location: San Diego CA
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Slight navigational error.
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Old Today, 04:46 AM
Location: World
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BA ground staff at London Airport, who were swiping the Boarding Pass of Passengers before leaving must have known that the flight is going to Dusseldorf. Paperwork is submitted by the crew before flying and they did not spot the anomaly ?? The Ground Staf and Duty manager have this responsibility. Also the passengers didnt look outside the window ??? I can spot almost every city / country / geographical region by looking outside the window. Even from the clouds, one can always see something in the gaps.
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Old Today, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by catdad7x View Post
Understandable, especially if there was and cloud cover on the route. That, and passenger jets fly high enough that you rarely no what you're flying over anyway.

Time will tell, but I suspect this will be a case of a computer navigation error, human input error, or both. I see extensive re-training, and numerous jokes, in these pilot's future.
Human error. The linked article (4th paragraph) says that the pilot and flight crew were given the wrong flight plan.

Since flight plans have to filed, Edinburgh had to know they were coming. It was the passengers who were (hilariously) out of the loop, even though they knew the correct destination from the beginning.

Somebody's probably on job suspension right about now, LOL.
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