Quirks of GMT: flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

Hundreds of people have joined a discussion on Twitter after a plane left a town in 2018 and arrived at their destination in 2017. Source Getty

Then, the eight-hour flight landed at its destination of Honolulu, Hawaii at 10:16 a.m. local time on December 31, 2017.

The idea of time travel is not far-fetched after all. Flight HA446 was originally scheduled to depart Auckland at 11:55 pm on December 31, 2017, but the plane was actually a bit delayed.

They rang in 2018 - then their flight took off back into 2017.

Passengers aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 had the privilege of celebrating new year 2018 twice. Eight hours later, when it landed in Honolulu, it was still December 31, 2017.

But it is not as uncommon as some might believe with planes crossing the International Date Line every day. The flight was travelling from Auckland, New Zealand to Honolulu.

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However, Flight HA446 was not the only one that travelled from 2018 to 2017.

The flight tracking website Flightradar24's Twitter account was first to point out the time-hopping flight.

"Gotta wonder if the crew ran 10 extra minutes of diagnostic checks to make this happen", another said.

Honolulu is 23 hours behind Auckland, thanks to the mid-Pacific location of the worldwide date line. "We left NZ in 2017, flew into 2018 and flew back into 2017". There was a delay of ten minutes which led to the flight taking off five minutes after the new year had started.

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