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Air traffic controllers give England the bird in cheeky World Cup squawk

FREE TO READ | British Airways pilots found themselves the butt of a pretty clever joke

Senior reporter

When the Springboks demolished England in the Rugby World Cup final at the weekend, the 12-32 score line was etched into history.

But for British Airways pilots – at the controls of a flight from Cape Town to London at the weekend – the numbers were veritable salt in the wound.

Sassy air traffic controllers at Cape Town International Airport, obviously proud fans of Siya Kolisi and the Boks, assigned the Boeing 747 a squawk code of 1232 which sent the pilots packing with the final score at front of mind...

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