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TwoUSholidaymakers found themselves a long way from their intended destination after an airline confused two airport codes.

Sandy Valdiviseo and her husband Triet Vo were intending to fly fromLos AngelestoDakarinSenegalwith Turkish Airlines. However, instead they ended up almost 7,000 miles away - on an entirely different continent - in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, after the airport codes were mixed up, the Los Angeles Times reports. The airport code forDakar, the capital ofSenegal, is DKR, while the code for the airport inDhaka, which is the capital ofBangladesh, is DAC. After arriving inIstanbul, the couple had boarded a connecting flight. It was only after seeing the route map of the flight’s progress, which showed the plane over theMiddle East, that they realised the error.

“When the flight attendant said we were heading toDhaka, we believed that this was how you pronounced ‘Dakar’ with a Turkish accent,” Ms Valdivieso said. When they arrived inBangladesh, the pair informed Turkish Airlines about the mistake, and tried to arrange a transfer toSenegal.

According to reports, the airline insisted on tracking down the recording of the initial booking before acknowledging the error and installing the couple on flights to West Africa, 12 hours after their arrival in Bangladesh.

Their baggage arrived inSenegaltwo days after they did. The incident happened in December last year, but has only just been reported after the couple’s long battle to obtain compensation.