Newsreader Simon McCoy's reaction to a plane accidentally landing in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf is peak Simon McCoy

Lowenna Waters
Tuesday 26 March 2019 10:30
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There are no two ways about it, Simon McCoy is a bona fide national treasure.

His dead-pan reactions to the announcement of Pippa Middleton's pregnancy, or his nonplussed coverage of the royal wedding are really something amazing to behold.

This time, however, Simon McCoy has reached peak Simon McCoy, with his coverage of a plane that accidentally landed in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf - yes, we don't know how that could happen, either.

The British Airways plane, which started at London Stansted's City Airport, made the error after its paperwork was incorrectly submitted, meaning it pursued the wrong flight path. The bemused passengers on board the flight were only alerted to its incorrect destination when the plane crew played 'Welcome to Edinburgh' upon arrival.

However, despite the passengers not seeing the funny side, McCoy couldn't contain himself.

Announcing the accident on the BBC, he said:

A British Airways flight headed for Dusseldorf in Germany has landed in - Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight's paperwork was submitted incorrectly. 

The passengers only realised the error when the plane landed, and the 'welcome to Edinburgh' announcement was made. 

Let's hear from our Transport correspondent Tom Burridge. Not a laughing matter Tom, what happened? 

Needless to say, the clip quickly went viral, with people sharing his hilarious reaction across Twitter.

Passengers who were on board the flight also took to Twitter to complain about the error, however many of them seemed to think it was an 'honest mistake'.

An investigation has been launched into the accident by British Airways and WDL Aviation, the German company that ran the flight.

In a statement, British Airways said:

We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually.

WDL added:

We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how the obviously unfortunate mix-up of flight schedules could occur.

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.

HT The Poke

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