No Friday 13th frights on flight 666 to HEL

Pilot of flight from Copenhagen has nerves of steel

Many passengers may have felt a bit nervous boarding flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. The flight from Copenhagen even had a double 13 in the date as it was in 2013. But Finnair’s flight AY666 to Helsinki took off as normal – and was almost full.

“It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who flew the Airbus A320, told the news agency AFP. “I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”

Some airlines are superstitious, however. Scandinavian Airlines does not have a row 13 on its planes. But other carriers in the region such as Finnair, Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13.

Yet the pilot of flight 666 on Friday the 13th did not show even a hint of nervousness.

“If there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them,” he said.


[pictured: Airbus A340-300; courtesy Finnair]