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Questions swirl around China's refusal for plane to land

By KJ Mullins     Aug 9, 2009 in World
China refused to allow a plane that flew into its airspace permission to land in Urumqi. The plane made an emergency landing later in Kandahar. There have been at least two different reasons on Chinese media for the refusal.
The plane had been scheduled to land in the Xinjang region but diverted to Afghanistan because of a bomb threat.
It had been reported by Xinhua that the plane had been hijacked. Later it retracted that and said that it had landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan after a bomb threat.
NATO has no knowledge of any aircraft incidents in the area. BNO quotes a spokesman of the agency:
"We are aware of the reports. [..] We have no evidence that this is true," he said. "We would know immediately," he said earlier.
There are additional reports that paperwork was the cause of China refusing to allow the foreign plane to land.
The latest on the incident at Xinhua states that the airport's aviation authorities were ordered to deny the plane's landing. According to the news source emergency vehicles had been rushed to the airport regardless.
It is still unclear what the final story will be on this incident.
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