If you've ever hurriedly spelled your own name wrong, you'll sympathize with Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific.

A passenger traveling through Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday was the first to notice the spelling error, in which the F in Pacific had been mysteriously omitted from the side of the aircraft.

Photos of the "Cathay Paciic" blooper quickly made the rounds online.

On Twitter, Cathay Pacific shared the image, adding "Oops this special livery won't last long! She's going back to the shop!"

So, how does a screw up like this even happen? Both the carrier and its sister company Haeco were left scratching their heads.

"The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake, I think,” an engineer at Haeco told the South China Morning Post.

As far as aviation blunders go, this one may seem small, but the price to repair it is anything but. The corrective paint job will likely cost several thousand dollars.

Cathay has suffered botched paint jobs in the past, with its redesigned brushwing logo being mistakenly painted onto aircraft in reverse.

Above images via Shutterstock and Twitter

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