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January 16, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Finnair flight 666 touched down safely in HEL at 1300 hours on Friday the 13th – using a 13-year-old plane.

Friday the 13th was last Friday, and HEL has one L, signifying Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Finland. The tweet from FlightRadar24 told the story: “Finnair flight 666, at 13 o’clock on Friday the 13th with a 13 year old aircraft, has landed safely in HEL.”

The flight number, 666, is said to be the devil’s number – adding a creepy touch – and Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. So quite ominous all round, particularly for anyone scared of flying – but it all ended happily.



As CNet noted: “If there were any superstitious people aboard Finnair flight 666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki, they’re surely counting their blessings now that the plane landed safely and without incident.”

Nothing at all unusual happened on the flight, as far as is known, unless it was very minor. Perhaps somebody spilled their wine.

Friday the 13th usually crops up twice a year and the next occurrence will be in October 2017.

The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Experts believe the superstition surrounding the day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion in which 13 people were present in the Upper Room on the 13th of the month before his death on Good Friday.

Written by Peter Needham

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