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Air China Flight Diverted After Passenger Uses Fountain Pen To 'Threaten' Crew

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| April 15 , 2018 , 14:07 IST

Airlines are often stringent to a fault regarding possible threats midair, even if the 'threat' may seem innocent to outsiders.

An Air China flight which took off from Changsha, Central China's Hunan Province and was bound for Beijing had to make an unscheduled landing in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Sunday after a passenger threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, attempting to hold him 'hostage'.

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In an official statement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that a male passenger onboard Air China Flight 1350, attempted to use the pen to hold the flight attendant “under duress”. The identity of the male passenger was not revealed, although the statement added that the passengers and crew were unharmed.  

According to reports, the disturbance took place in a business class cabin.

The Air China Flight 1350 had taken off at 8:40 AM and was due to arrive at Beijing around 11 AM, but was forced to make the unscheduled landing around 9:58 AM.

State broadcaster China Central Television described that paramilitary police in combat uniforms and helmets had assembled outside the Zhengzhou airport.

In a statement, Air China said that the plane made the unscheduled stop due to “public safety reasons”, and that police and civil aviation authorities were handling the situation. The passengers were provided with another flight to continue their journey to Beijing.