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Etihad plane refused entry into Chinese airspace

Mideast airline forced to divert Airbus A330-200 to Pakistan.
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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.

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