Finnair passengers on Friday boarded flight 666 (AY666) for Helsinki (HEL). Combine those two paths and you have Flight 666 to HEL. Top that fact off with the date (Friday the 13th) and you have one creepy flight. Talk about looking superstition in the face and laughing.
Perhaps if you are not superstitious you can join in the laughter with veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Kiedasto who told The Belfast Telegraph:
“It has been quite a joke among the pilots… I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”
Kiedasta was tasked with flying the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki.
Like myself non-supersticious folk probably don’t see a problem with the flight, however some airlines take superstition very seriously. For example, Scandinavian Airlines doesn’t feature a row 13 on its aircraft.
According to experts the European region only adopted the number 13 as bad luck in the last 100 years. According to Ulo Valk, professor of comparative folklore at the University of Tartu in Estonia:
“There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number. Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos.”
Based on weather conditions the Flight 666 pilot said the trip to HEL would be relatively smooth.
The flight crew aboard Finnair flight AY666 have been instructed to help counsel any passengers who freak out if they discover the creepy coincidences aboard the Friday the 13th flight.
Would you be willing to fly on Flight 666 to HEL or are those coincidences just a bit too scary for your liking?