Flight 666 to HEL

Friday 13th travellers take chance on flight 666 to HEL

Pilot of Finnair flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki says he is not superstitious about flying on unlucky date

Gates at Copenhagen airport, from where flight 666 to HEL takes off. Photograph: Peter Hove Olesen/AP

Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travellers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki apparently were not too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full.

“It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” said Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who will fly the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. “I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”

The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations.

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