Mix up sends man to wrong coun­try

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A Ghana­ian man has taken a 3000-kilo­me­tre de­tour af­ter get­ting a ticket for the wrong plane in South Amer­ica.

Em­manuel Ako­manyi was at­tempt­ing to travel to Guyana to un­der­take a life-chang­ing schol­ar­ship to study medicine, CNN re­ported.

All was go­ing to plan when he safely made it from Ghana to Guarul­hos In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

But it all went down­hill from there as he tried to buy a ticket to Guyana.

He thought he cor­rectly pur­chased a seat to the coun­try on South Amer­ica’s Caribbean coast, but when he got off at the other end he was in the Brazil­ian city of Goia­nia – al­most 3000km away from where he needed to go.

He was forced to spend a week in his new des­ti­na­tion, sup­ported by strangers as he had no money.

The air­line which flew him there even­tu­ally of­fered him a free ticket to Guyana.

You would think such in­ci­dents would be rare, but they are sur­pris­ingly com­mon.

A United King­dom cou­ple boarded a plane which they thought was go­ing to the south­ern Caribbean is­land of Gre­nada in 2014 – but in­stead they landed much sooner than they thought they should have, dis­em­bark­ing in the an­cient city of Granada, Spain.

A sim­i­lar mix-up hap­pened only a month ear­lier, when a Bri­tish woman ended up on the 10-hour flight to Gre­nada in­stead of the short trip to Granada. Other in­ci­dents in­clude: A woman who wanted to travel to Dakar, Sene­gal, ended up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An 85-year-old woman ended up in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, af­ter she booked a South­west Air­lines flight to Fort My­ers, Florida, be­cause of an air­line er­ror. A Vi­et­Jet air­plane that took off from Hanoi landed at Da Lat air­port, 140km away from Cam Ranh Air­port, where it was sup­posed to be. A South­west Air­lines plane landed at a small air­port in Taney County, Mis­souri, ap­prox­i­mately 12km from where it was meant to land at Bran­son Air­port. A 21-year-old Amer­i­can stu­dent found him­self on a plane to Auck­land rather than Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. He blamed it on the Kiwi ac­cent: ‘‘They didn’t say Auck­land. They said Oak­land. They talk dif­fer­ent.’’

Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Trip plan­ner: It pays to check the de­tails of your flight des­ti­na­tion care­fully, or you risk end­ing up some­where else.

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