According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), a man on board tried to hijack the flight with a pen. "The incident was successfully cleared and the passengers and crew members are safe", the CAAC stated.
A Beijing-bound China flight was diverted after a passenger held an attendant hostage using a fountain pen as the weapon. Shocking photos have now emerged of a man holding an object to the female flight attendant's neck as passengers look on in horror.
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".
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. However, China has been fighting growing dissent from a wide variety of groups including political, religious and regional breakaway factions.
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An Air China jet travelling from Changsha to Beijing was forced into an unscheduled landing when a passenger threatened crew members with a fountain pen.
According to the aviation authorities, by 13.17 local time the situation was settled. It said it was arranging for another plane to pick up the passengers from Zhengzhou.
The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald quoted a passenger as saying that the problem was in first or business class.