AN AIR China flight to Beijing was diverted today after a male passenger reportedly held a flight attendant hostage with a fountain pen.
Flight CA1350 was quickly diverted to Zhengzhou after the crew member was allegedly threatened by the passenger.
Flight CA1350 was quickly diverted to Zhengzhou after the shocking incident (stock)[/caption]
All passengers and crew on Flight 1350 made it safely off the plane after it landed at 10am due to what had earlier been described by authorities as an unspecified “illegal interference.”
The flight had earlier taken off at 8.40am from the city of Changsha in Hunan province and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 11am.
China’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement on its website that the plane was diverted when a male passenger held a flight attendant hostage.
It added that “the matter was successfully handled” by police by 1pm, but did not provide any more details.
The flight was heading to Beijing Capital International Airport (stock)[/caption]
Police later revealed the alleged hostage-taker had a history of mental illness and suffered an unspecified “sudden” psychological disorder when he grabbed the flight attendant.
It identified Him by only his surname, Xu, and said he was 41 and from Anhua, a county in Hunan.
China Central Television included an image of what appeared to be paramilitary police in combat uniforms and helmets assembled outside an airport hotel.
The Zhengzhou airport said it immediately activated emergency measures follow reports of the incident and arranged for another plane to pick up the passengers.
The Beijing News reported a passenger described being awoken by a scream coming from the front of the plane and that “nobody knew what was going on.”
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The disturbance occurred in the first or business class section of the plane, claimed one worried passenger.
She said she looked out the window and saw many police cars, ambulances and fire engines parked outside the plane as it was landing in Zhengzhou.
The passenger described seeing armed personnel in camouflage uniforms assembled in two or three rows.