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Air New Zealand flight's U-turn sparks claims of China tensions | World news

An international flight from Auckland to Shanghai has turned around mid-air and returned to New Zealand, sparking concerns over increasingly frosty relations between the two countries and setting off a political war of words.Air New Zealand flight NZ289 left Auckland on Sunday morning but, four-and-a-half hours into its trip to Shanghai, the Boeing 787-9 made a U-turn in a move that has been described as “very unusual” by aviation experts.In a statement Air New Zealand said the plane was new to the company’s fleet, and did not have the correct paperwork allowing it to land in China.'I'm being watched': Anne-Marie Brady, the China critic living in fear of Beijing Read more “This issue relates to a particular aircraft which is not yet certified to operate to China but was unfortunately assigned to operate our Shanghai flight on Saturday night,” the spokesperson said.“Yesterday Air New Zealand was advised that the original application to have this aircraft registered to operate to China had expired and a fresh application was submitted.”The unorthodox incident has prompted speculation the issue with the plane’s paperwork was due to an error in the airline referring to the city of Taipei as the capital of Taiwan rather than a city in China. New Zealand news website Stuff claimed to have spoken to multiple sources saying the turnback was down to a “reference to Taiwan which China took to be an acknowledgement that the island was independent”.Air New Zealand did not respond to questions about a Taiwan link but said “as is required, the application includes a list of destinations the airline operates to, including Taipei”.China has a history of demanding international airlines not refer to Taiwan’s independence or nationhood on its websites or promotional material, and in the past has urged Qantas, Air Canada and others to change how it refers to the island.John Nicholson, CEO of industry body Aviation New Zealand described the incident as “very unusual”.“Aviation is a highly regulated market, and China is a highly regulated market and everyone has to do everything by the letter of the law,”...

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