Air NZ flight turned back from China

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An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai had to turn back to Auckland today after learning it had no authority to land in China.

The plane was nearly five hours into its journey when it turned around.

Air New Zealand said that because of a technicality it did not have Chinese regulatory authority to land in China.

The flight landed back in Auckland about 10am and passengers have been offered a special service to Shanghai at 11pm tonight.