Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th sounds like the opening narration of a movie that's about to go horribly wrong. Believe it or not, flight 666 to HEL is a real flight taking off today on Friday, Sept. 13, according to ABC News.
Flight 666 leaves Copenhagen for Helsinki, which the call letters for that airport are HEL. Flight 666 is a regular daily flight and it falls on Friday the 13th twice this year.
Some airlines take superstitions to heart and don’t offer a row 13 and they certainly wouldn’t assign the number of 666 to a flight. Other airlines, like Finnair, don’t put too much stock in these superstitious innuendos and apparently the Finnair passengers don’t either because flight 666 was full today.
Friday the 13th became an unlucky day in recent history, the number 13 was not considered unlucky 100-years ago. The number 666, which is considered the devil’s number, and the number 13 has something to do with the 12 apostles, as explained below.
Ulo Valk, a professor of comparative folklore at the University of Tartu in Estonia said:
"Less than 100 years ago, the number 13 did not have this sinister meaning; it's quite recent in the north.”
"There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number. Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos." Valk said while explaining the origin of the bad connotation that goes along with the number 13.
As far as Flight 666 to HEL, it made it just fine to its destination, just as it does every weekday. It flew upright and straight forward the entire time, it didn't take on any funky shapes like you'd might expect the number 666 to conjure up!