No land­ing per­mit, NZ air­line forced back mid­way

The New Indian Express - - WORLD -

A pas­sen­ger plane fly­ing from Auck­land to Shang­hai was forced to turn back af­ter about five hours in the air be­cause it did not have per­mis­sion to land, of­fi­cials said on Sun­day. Pas­sen­gers said the cap­tain in­formed them mid-flight the Air New Zealand plane was not al­lowed to land in China and would have to go back. “Mid­way through our flight, the pilot in­forms us that Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties had not given this plane per­mis­sion to land, so we needed to turn around. A per­mit­ting is­sue, sup­pos­edly,” one pas­sen­ger, Eric Hund­man, told the New Zealand Her­ald. The air­line said in a state­ment that “a tech­ni­cal­ity meant the par­tic­u­lar air­craft op­er­at­ing this ser­vice did not have Chi­nese reg­u­la­tory author­ity to land in China”. “This is only a pure guess on my part, that Air New Zealand — for what­ever rea­son — may have de­cided in­stead of putting on a (Boe­ing) 777, to put on a 787,” Vet­eran flight in­struc­tor War­ren Sat­tler told NZ Her­ald.

AFP

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