What a horrible experience. A British Airways flight on Thursday flew all the way from London to northern Siberia when it was forced to turn around due to a “minor technical glitch”. The total journey was 6,000 miles and the plane landed back in London one hour after it was due to arrive in Tokyo. Some media outlets are reporting that the airline filed the wrong flight plan.
Passengers were provided hotel rooms back at LHR and departed at 10:30am the next morning. Tokyo passengers were also provided hotel rooms. On top of those costs and the wasted fuel, The Independent reports that BA will be liable for payments under EU compensation laws:
BA is expected to be liable to pay €600 (over £500) to each of the passengers on board. It owes the same obligation to all the passengers waiting in Tokyo to fly to London – a potential total bill of £300,000.
That’s one long trip!