Air China Flight Diverted After A Passenger Threatened Crew with A Pen

Air China Flight Diverted After A Passenger Threatened Crew with A Pen

An Air China Ltd (中國國際航空) flight bound for Beijing was yesterday diverted to central China after a passenger held a flight attendant hostage using a pen as a weapon, authorities said.

The flight took off from Changsha, the capital of southern Hunan province, at 8:40am (local time) and was scheduled to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport at about 11:00am.

As per CAAC, all of the passengers have been safely deboarded, Xinhua reported.

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Air China said that the plane made the unscheduled stop due to "public safety reasons" and that police and civil aviation were handling the situation.

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"The incident was successfully dealt with at 1:17 p.m. and passengers and crew members are safe", the CAAC said.

The flight made an unplanned landing at the Zhengzhou Xin Zheng International Airport, in the central Henan province at around 9:58 a.m., as per the earlier post on the Air China's official Weibo microblog.

The Zhengzhou airport immediately activated emergency measures, its statement said, adding that the passengers who disembarked were in a stable mood and that the airport is operating normally.

Beijing News said on Weibo that a passenger described being awoken by a scream coming from the front of the plane and that "nobody knew what was going on". A woman passenger told The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald that on looking outside the window of the plane, she notices many police cars, ambulances and fire engines parked at Zhengzhou airport.

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