An MEA aircraft bound for Baghdad returned to Beirut on Thursday after being banned from landing in Baghdad. The reason behind such a decision was due to the alleged failure of the plane carrying 71 passengers to wait for the son of an Iraqi Minister who had arrived late.
Twenty minutes after taking off from Beirut International Airport, the director of MEA bureau in Baghdad informed the airliner that the Iraqi authorities would not allow the aircraft to land in Baghdad airport if it wasn’t carrying the minister’s son on board.
The flight was consequently cancelled and the plane headed back to Beirut airport.
Contacts began at the highest levels between the Lebanese authorities and the Iraqi authorities to address the issue.