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Kiwi plane arrives safe and sound

A rearranged flight bringing some 270 stranded passengers from Auckland to Shanghai finally landed at Pudong yesterday morning.

The flight was originally scheduled to land at Pudong airport at 7:05am on Sunday, but had to turn back as the airline had failed to deliver the correct documentation to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

An assistant professor at New York University Shanghai, Eric Hundman, on board the flight, initially described the incident on Twitter as “a new level of China bad.”

Hundman deleted his initial tweet yesterday morning and issued an apology.

“After landing from a nine-hour flight to nowhere, I posted a tweet that blamed China for what I have since learned was an Air NZ screwup,” the tweet read. “... my sincere apologies to anyone who felt attacked.”

Another passenger said her birthday on Sunday had been spoiled after the 12-hour journey took a whole weekend.

According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to submit details of the type, nationality and registration mark of any aircraft scheduled to land in the Chinese mainland with the CAAC before takeoff.


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