‘Top Gear’ were forced to abandon a filming trip to Kazakhstan, which reportedly cost the show £500,000. Presenters Rory Reid, Eddie Jordan and Sabine Schmitz were all on the trip along with 40 crew members when they got help up in Moscow on Saturday and were forced to return home.

Top Gear'Top Gear' has suffered another setback during filming for the new series.

According to The Sun, the group had intended to catch a connecting flight from the Russian capital but their plane never got off the ground after dispute between Kazakhstan and Russian airliner Aeroflot. The group were then forced to return to the UK, having filmed nothing.

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The failed trip is reported to have cost the show up to £500,000 and wreaked more havoc on its already tight production schedule. An insider told The Sun: “It was a monumental cock-up and really expensive.”

However a BBC spokesperson insists it was not the show’s fault. “Through no fault of the Top Gear team, the airline carrying them was not permitted to fly from Moscow to Kazakhstan and so they returned to London,” the spokesperson said.

“They intend to visit Kazakhstan in the future to shoot the planned film there. The BBC will be looking to recoup the cost of the flights.” Flights from London to Kazakhstani via Moscow are said to cost around £450 per person.

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A show insider added: “The Top Gear team had all the correct visas but this issue was down to a row between Aeroflot and Kazakhstan and everyone on the flight was told to get off. The show has insurance to cover stuff like this and they intend to shoot the film at a later date and factor it into the show further on in the series.”