Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Air China flight diverted after passenger threatens crew with fountain pen

Air China flight diverted after passenger threatens crew with fountain pen

The flight took off from the capital city-Changsha of the Southern Hunan province at around 8:40 a.m. and the flight was scheduled to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport at around 11 a.m., as per the reports of local media and flight tracking websites.

An Air China flight bound for Beijing was diverted to central China on Sunday after a passenger tried to hold a flight attendant hostage using a fountain pen as a weapon, the country's civil aviation authority said.

"By 13.17 the incident had been settled successfully".

"An investigation showed the man used a fountain pen [to take the hostage]".

Police in Zhengzhou's Henan province said in a statement that the alleged hostage-taker had a history of mental illness and suffered an unspecified "sudden" psychological disorder when he grabbed the flight attendant.

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

An Air China flight that was travelling from Changsha to Beijing was forced for an impromptu landing.

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. However, China has been fighting growing dissent from a wide variety of groups including political, religious and regional breakaway factions.

The airline said in an earlier post that the plane made the unscheduled stop due to "public safety reasons", and that police and civil aviation authorities were handling the situation.

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