Air China flight forced to land for 'security' reason

Air China flight forced to land for 'security' reason

Air China flight CA1350 took off at around 8.40am local time and was diverted to the city of Zhengzhou after the incident unfolded.

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 Airbus A321 aircraft landed safely approximately 1hr 15mins after takeoff - Chinese authorities have said that no passengers or crew were injured.

As per a brief statement on the airline's website, the Civil Aviation Administration of China states that a male passenger on the Air China Flight 1350, attempted to use a fountain pen to hold the flight attendant under threat.

The Zhengzhou airport says it immediately activated emergency measures and that the airport is operating normally. It also added that the matter was successfully handled by 1.17 PM. It identified the man by only his surname, Xu, and said he was 41 and from Anhua, a county in Hunan.

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Police arrested him at about 1pm, the statement said. Media reports suggest that the authorities refused to provide any further information and it is still unclear that if the interference referred to any possible hijacking attempt.

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

She looked out the window and saw many police cars, ambulances and fire engines parked outside the plane as it was landing in Zhengzhou, the newspaper said in a Weibo post.

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