Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL

14 October, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Projected flightpath of the journey dubbed'flight 666 to hell ahead of takeoff this afternoon

The airline has 15 more scheduled trips for Flight 666 before the flight number is retired on October 29.

There's bound to be a few nervous fliers on board and their state of mind won't be helped by the fact that the number of the flight is 666 and that their destination is HEL, short, of course for Helsinki. The airline said the change was the result of new flight numbers, and the flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will in the future be Flight 954. As of Oct 29th, some of the flight numbers in the Finnair network will change and AY666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will change to AY954.

Finland's national airline has flown passengers to HEL on Flight 666 for 11 years, with 21 of these flights on the "unluckiest" day of the year, a spokesman for the airline said.

If you feel like you missed out on a unique opportunity to take an "devilish" flight, rest assured, Finnair's got you covered with a flight from SIN (Singapore Changi International) to HEL.

The airline spokesperson also explained the reason for retiring the ominous flight number. Getting in on the fun, the Helsinki Airport later responded to a second Flightradar24 tweet asking the airport if the plane would be landing at Gate 13.

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No more superstitious flights for those fearless passengers.

"It has been quite a joke among the pilots", pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto told the Associated Press in 2013. "It's only a coincidence for me".

Why is Friday the 13th a thing?

It's the end of an era for Flight 666 to HEL.

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