BELFAST (AFP) – “This is your captain speaking: er, I’ve landed at the wrong airport. Er, sorry.”

A bungling pilot flew straight into the centre of an investigation Wednesday after mistakenly landing at a military airbase rather than the regular destination in Northern Ireland.

Thirty-nine passengers and six crew were on board a Ryanair flight from Liverpool, northwest England, which was due to touchdown at City of Derry airport.

However, the pilot cruised into Ballykelly airfield — five miles (eight kilometres) away.

Surprised passengers were taken off and coached to City of Derry, leaving the plane grounded on the orders of concerned aviation authorities, who demanded an immediate investigation.