Man tries to hijack plane in China using fountain pen

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

This unscheduled landing was made as a passenger on board threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, as informed by China's civil aviation authority.

Flight 1350 was heading from Changsha to Beijing on Sunday morning when the man tried to use the pen to hold the flight attendant "under duress", according to China's Civil Aviation Administration.

As per CAAC, all of the passengers have been safely deboarded, Xinhua reported.

Air China flight CA1350 took off at around 8.40am local time and was diverted to the city of Zhengzhou after the incident unfolded. It said only that "the matter was successfully handled" by 1:17 p.m., but did not provide any details.

Police in Zhengzhou said in a statement that the alleged hostage-taker has a history of mental illness and experienced an unspecified "sudden" psychological disorder when he grabbed the flight attendant.

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The Zhengzhou airport says it immediately activated emergency measures and that the airport is operating normally.

It identified the man only by his surname, Xu (徐), and said he was 41 and from Anhua County in Hunan.

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

An Air China flight that was travelling from Changsha to Beijing was forced for an impromptu landing. The passenger described seeing armed personnel in camouflage uniforms assembled in two or three rows.

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