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Hostage drama on Beijing-bound flight forces emergency landing in China

Hostage drama on Beijing-bound flight forces emergency landing in China

A Beijing-bound Air China flight on Sunday morning made an emergency landing after a man hijacked it with a pen.

The flight had taken off from the city of Changsha in Hunan province at 8.40 AM and was scheduled to reach Beijing at 11 AM.

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 incident was successfully cleared and the passengers and crew members are safe".

The city's airport described the reason for the diversion as "illegal interference", adding that other passengers were in a stable mood and the airport was operating normally.

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. It identified the man by only his surname, Xu, and said he was 41 and from Anhua, a county in Hunan.

This shocking photo appears to show the Air China flight attendant being held hostage close to the flight deck door at the front of the aircraft.

According to the aviation authorities, by 13.17 local time the situation was settled.

She said she had looked out of the window and to see police cars, ambulances and fire engines outside the plane as it landed.