Air China Flight Diverted After Passenger Holds Flight Attendant Hostage

Mid-air scare Fountain pen wielding passenger forces emergency landing

Air China Flight Diverted After Passenger Holds Flight Attendant Hostage

The Air China flight made an unscheduled stop after a passenger tried to take a crew member hostage using a fountain pen.

All passengers on board the flight were safely evacuated by 10.50am, and the man was subdued after 1pm.

Flight CA1350 from Changsha, Hunan province, landed at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in Henan province, the Civil Aviation Administration said in a statement on its website. The statement further reveals that the flight crew and passengers all were unharmed.

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The flight took off from Changsha, the capital of southern Hunan province at 8:40 a.m. and was expected to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport by around 11 a.m., local media outlets reported.

The Zhengzhou airport informed that it immediately activated emergency measures so that the passengers who faced an emergency landing were in a stable mood.

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".

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The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald quoted a passenger as saying that the problem was in first or business class.

Police in Zhengzhou said in a statement that the alleged hostage-taker has a history of mental illness and experienced an unspecified "sudden" psychological disorder when he grabbed the flight attendant.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and another plane was sent so the passengers could resume their journey.

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