a short flight over in Nairobi

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mycityofsky

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Mandarin
From NPR, transcription here: How Abandonment In Rwandan Genocide Changed Peacekeepers' Role

Meanwhile, a larger contingent of Belgian soldiers just a short flight over in Nairobi were left idle.

Sometimes I'm confused about the preposition. Here I just want to know, is there any difference if I remove the word "in" in the sentence, just as following:

Meanwhile, a larger contingent of Belgian soldiers just a short flight over Nairobi were left idle.

Thank you in advance. :)
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    No, it's not a short flight over Nairobi. They were in Nairobi, and that was just a short distance away: if they flew over (that is, to Rwanda from Nairobi), it would be a short flight over. 'Over' has no complement: it's not over somewhere, just the implied distance, "from here to there".
     
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