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Flight diverted after man holds out threat with pen

16 April 2018, 02:15 | Glen Norman

Flight diverted after man holds out threat with pen

Flight diverted after man holds out threat with 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 Zhengzhou airport says it immediately activated emergency measures and that the airport is operating normally.

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.

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Passengers and crew were unharmed, the statement said.

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. It said only that "the matter was successfully handled" by 1.17pm, but did not provide any details.

Chinese police said preliminary investigations found the 41-year-old passenger, identified only by his last name Xu, had a "history of mental illness". However, China has been fighting growing dissent from a wide variety of groups including political, religious and regional breakaway factions.

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Authorities have not yet released further information about the man's motives or what happened to him. It said it was arranging for another plane to pick up the passengers from Zhengzhou.

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

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