Etihad plane refused entry into Chinese airspace
An Etihad flight between Abu Dhabi and Tokyo Narita was forced to land in Pakistan on Saturday 3rd April after pilots were denied permission to enter Chinese airspace.
The EY-878 flight was forced to wait for around an hour while the problem was solved. However, following delays, it was eventually diverted to Lahore, where the Airbus A330-200 landed safely.
“The aircraft was re-fuelled, while Etihad's dispatch worked with Chinese Authorities and sorted the problem out,” stated a report in the Aviation Herald. “The airplane was able to continue and reached Tokyo with a delay of 4 hours.”
Etihad Airways commenced its non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Tokyo on 27th March 2010, becoming the first Middle Eastern airline to operate to the Japanese capital.