Korean plane turns back after smog obstructs landing in China

A Korean passenger plane was unable to land on Tuesday due to thick smog in China and was forced to turn back.

Eastar airlines.

Eastar airlines. Image by lkarasawa / CC BY 2.0

The Eastar Jet Co plane took off from Cheongju in South Korea and was bound for Harbin in far northeast China, but thick smog prevented the plane from landing. Initially the flight was diverted to Changchun, but eventually flew back to its departure airport with all 144 passengers – most of them Chinese tourists. Parts of northeast China have been afflicted with heavy smog this week, including Shenyang, where air pollution levels exceeded 1,000 micrograms per cubic metre of PM2.5 particles over the weekend – the highest since China began keeping air quality statistics. Read more: koreaherald.com 

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