Saudi Arabia confirms Sudan president plane barred from Saudi airspace
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority says the reason that the Sudanese president's plane was barred from crossing Saudi airspace en route to Iran earlier this weekend was because it did not ask for routine permission.
It said in a statement on Tuesday that the plane's pilot declared he was carrying President Omar al-Bashir only when the plane was headed back to Sudan.
Sudan said on Sunday that Saudi authorities barred Mr al-Bashir's plane from entering kingdom airspace on his way to Tehran to attend the inauguration of Iran's new President Hasan Rouhani.
The Saudi statement says Mr al-Bashir's plane is a special chartered Saudi aircraft registered outside the kingdom without the right to make commercial flights.