[4/12/17] A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Shanghai, China was diverted from flying over Russian airspace for “diplomatic reasons” early Wednesday morning, passengers on the flight say.
Those diplomatic concerns forced the flight to refuel at Tokyo’s Narita airport, the flight’s captain told passengers, several of whom posted about it on social media.
On @United 857 enroute to PVG, diverted to NRT. Captain: Due to diplomatic reasons, Russia denied access to air space. Now refuelling
— brianlinca (@brianlinca) April 12, 2017
One passenger named Andy Brown wrote on Facebook that the airplane almost ran out of fuel before landing at Narita.
“United probably will not tell the public about this.”
Another passenger posted about the delay.