An interesting flight pattern saw passengers take off in 2018 but were transported back into 2017 by the time they landed.
Hawaiian Airlines flight 446 took off from New Zealand at 12:05 a.m. on Jan. 1.
But the flight took people back in time, and by the time they arrived at Honolulu, Hawaii, they were back in 2017 with the flight time pegged at 10:15 a.m. HST on Dec. 31.
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) December 31, 2017
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 31, 2017
ABC reporter Sam Sweeney and Flightrader appeared to first realize what was happening, posting pictures of the flight path on Twitter. Sweeney noted that the flight was originally supposed to take off at 11:55 p.m. NZDT on Dec. 31 but because of a slight delay takeoff was pushed into the new year.
Auckland is 23 hours ahead of Honolulu.
Twitter users enjoyed the presented scenario and made various comments.
— Hawkeye Images (@webcentrick) December 31, 2017
Sounds almost like a Twilight Zone ep…
— Craig McDermott (@cpmaz) January 1, 2018
So, in theory, the passengers could have celebrated the new year and will get a chance to do it for the 2nd time in 24 hours!
— Pheagle Drei-Kubiert (@PheagleAdler) December 31, 2017
@GregBussmann Are Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly on board?
— David Craig (@davidcraigstl) December 31, 2017
— Chris Chan (@tchrischan) December 31, 2017
Others noted that the occurrence isn’t that unusual.
That happens every time a plane crosses the current midnight line – think of it as the border between the kingdoms of 2017 and 2018 – in the wrong direction on New Year’s. In other words, it happens a lot. Still seems to surprise a lot of people every year.
— Anna Wallenstam (@WALLSTAM) December 31, 2017
Sixteen years ago, a similar flight lifted off in the 21st century and landed in the 20th.
— The Deplorable Vixen (@FoxDen_Studios) December 31, 2017