No landing permit, NZ airline forced back midway
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.
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