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A flight took off in the new year 2018 and landed in 2017

By Sheetal Sukhija, Australian News
02 Jan 2018, 04:19 GMT+10

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - In a strange incident of time travel, a Hawaiian Airlines flight took off after ringing in the new year 2018, but landed in the past, where it was still 2017.

The flight was among the 'time travelling' planes which took off in 2018 and landed in 2017 due to the the time differences across the globe, which allowed passengers to celebrate the New Year twice.

The Hawaiian Airlines flight HA446, from Auckland to Honolulu, was scheduled to take off at 11.55pm on New Year’s Eve, and land at 9.45am on the same day, due to the 23-hour time difference between the destinations.

However, a delay saw it departing at five minutes past midnight on New Year’s Day, ready to land at 10.16am on December 31.

However, the flight HA446 wasn’t the only plane to travel back in time. 

Another Auckland flight Air New Zealand's NZ40, bound for Papeete, in French Polynesia, took off at 10.25am on January 1, arriving at 4.25pm on December 31.

According to Flightradar24, which tracks planes around the world on Twitter, six aircraft departing Taipei in 2018, landed in the U.S. and Canada in 2017.

The Taipei flights included Eva Air to Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles, and China Airlines to San Francisco. 

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