Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Man tries to hijack plane in China using fountain pen

Man tries to hijack plane in China using fountain pen

"The incident was successfully cleared and the passengers and crew members are safe", the CAAC stated.

Some reports suggest the flight attendant was held against her will with a fountain pen but a photo of a craft knife has now emerged as the real weapon used by the passenger.

An Air China flight headed for Beijing was forced to make an unscheduled landing after a passenger threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, China's civil aviation authority said.

The flight left Changsha, capital of the central province of Hunan, at 8:40am en route to Beijing.

It identified the man only by his surname, Xu (徐), and said he was 41 and from Anhua County in Hunan. Police arrested him at about 1 p.m., according to the statement.

In 2016 there was even the case of a Chinese tourist who activated the emergency slide on a China Southern aircraft in order to "get some fresh air".

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.

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".

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

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

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