SYDNEY (BLOOMBERG) - An Air New Zealand plane en route to Shanghai was forced to return to Auckland after several hours in the air on Saturday as paperwork for the flight included reference to Taiwan, Stuff news website reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
The problem related to documentation from New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority which was included as part of Air New Zealand's application to allow the particular plane to land in China, the report said.
“As is required, the application includes a list of destinations the airline operates to, including Taipei,” Air New Zealand said, without elaborating.
China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying blamed the flight’s temporary deployment hiccup as a reason for the denial of authorization to land in China, citing news reports she read online, according to the ministry’s website.
“This airplane failed to obtain a landing permit with its destination and decided on its own accord to return en route,” she said.