Air China flight diverted after man holds attendant hostage using fountain pen

Air China flight diverted after man holds attendant hostage using fountain pen

Air China said in the post that the plane made the unplanned landing owing to public safety concerns and that the police and civil aviation authorities were taking care of the situation.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), a man carrying a fountain pen threatened to harm Air China staff members on board the plane, forcing the aircraft's pilots to take action.

The flight had taken off at 8:40am from Changsha, Hunan Province, and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 11am. However, due to the an unspecified "illegal interference", as authorities described it, the Flight 1350 had to be diverted to Zhengzhou city. Passengers and crew were unharmed.

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


The identity of the alleged hostage-taker has not been revealed yet.

However, it diverted to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in central Henan province instead just over an hour after take-off, Air China said on its Weibo microblog. The Zhengzhou airport informed that it immediately activated emergency measures so that the passengers who faced an emergency landing were in a stable mood.

The Beijing News said on its Weibo page that a passenger described being awoken by a scream coming from the front of the plane and that "nobody knew what was going on".

According to Chinese media, the passengers have claimed that the incident reportedly happened in the first or business class cabins.

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