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Saudi barred Iranian plane from entering airspace

The planed was banned ‘because there is not permission issued by the authority that allows the plane to fly into Saudi Arabia’

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Saudi authorities did not allow an Iranian plane carrying 260 pilgrims to the kingdom from entering airspace because the aircraft did not have prior permission, Saudi’s state news agency reported late in Wednesday.

“The operator must file a request with the authority prior to flying, specifying the type of aircraft, registration ... and other documents in order to ensure the safety of passengers and the airspace,” said the SPA report.

Khaled al-Khubairi, the Saudi Public Authority for Civil Aviation’s spokesman, said the airplane should have obtained the permission in advance for the sake of the safety of its passengers.

Iranian authorities have not yet responded to the incident.