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Saudi Arabia bars Pakistani plane from entering its airspace


RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Friday prevented a Pakistani airplane from entering its airspace, citing safety reasons, the second plane to have been barred, a report has said.

The report said A Shaheen Air Flight was denied entry for failing to meet the safety standards set by the Saudi government.
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“Although the Pakistani carrier had reportedly applied for the necessary documents in advance but the request was rejected.

“The Boeing 767 is reportedly registered in Jordan and is on loan to Shaheen Air. The plane’s registration also bars it from entering European airspace,’’ it said.

According to the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation, the safety of Saudi airspace remains a top priority and it will not allow any violations of protocol or regulations.

Report says two days ago, Saudi Arabia barred an Iranian carrier with pilgrims on board for the same reason. (Xinhua/NAN)

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