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A British Airways pilot activated an emergency slide in a “rookie” error earlier than take off.

The blunder delayed a flight from London Heathrow Airport to Romania and reportedly price the airline £50,000. BA mentioned it apologised to passengers and organized a substitute jet.

Passengers have been buckled in and able to go when the escape slide was deployed. Instead of taking to the air, travellers have been left grounded as emergency companies rushed to flight BA886 at Gate 24E.

They have been compelled to attend over three hours earlier than persevering with their journey on one other aircraft, captained by a unique pilot. Flight BA886’s pilot was faraway from flying duties, in line with The Sun.

It experiences that the pilot didn’t disarm the Airbus A320’s door when he opened it to be able to hand paperwork over to floor employees.

If he had disarmed the door, the emergency slide would not have deployed.

A supply advised the publication: “The captain of all people would have known the safety around opening the doors.

“This is past a rookie error. It’s completely baffling to grasp.”

A British Airways spokesperson said: “We apologised to clients and organized a substitute plane to make sure they have been in a position to proceed their journey.”

It was meant to depart at 9.55am on Saturday (February 3), however the flight did not take off till 1.15pm, in line with The Sun.