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Buddha Air flight lands in wrong city

Buddha Air flight lands in wrong city
A Buddha Air flight within Nepal took a wrong turn and flew to a completely different city about 250 miles away due to a communication mix-up between ground staff and crew.

A Buddha Air flight within Nepal took a wrong turn and flew to a different city than its intended destination.The snafu occurred because of “lapses in communication and failure to follow detailed standard operating procedures ,” Buddha Air executive officer Astha Basnet told CNN.“The weather was already causing flight delays and to make up for the flying time, Buddha Air officials decided to fly to Pokhara first,” an airline official told the newspaper.At no point was safety compromised, Buddha Air officials told CNN, and the plane flew to the passengers’ original destination after getting special permission since there are no Pokhara-Janakpur direct flights.

The mix-up happened after ground staff changed the flight number but didn’t send the memo.The pilots didn’t know to check the passenger manifest against the flight number.

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