x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Diplomatic papers force Etihad flight's return to capital

Scheduled flight turns back to capital to pick up diplomatic package bound for Amman.

A scheduled Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Jordan had to turn back to the capital shortly after takeoff yesterday to pick up a diplomatic package.

Flight EY515 originally departed from Abu Dhabi at 9.23am but returned less than an hour later after making a mid-air turn.

“There was no emergency,” said a spokeswoman for Etihad. “The plane returned because of a paperwork error. Once the paperwork was collected the aircraft departed just after 11am.”

The airline made the decision to call the aircraft back because there is only one flight to Amman a day.