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Air China Flight Diverts After Passenger Threatens Flight Attendant With Pen

April 15, 2018
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Air China Flight Diverts After Passenger Threatens Flight Attendant With Pen
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An Air China flight was diverted after a passenger held a flight attendant in a threatening position with a fountain pen, China's civil aviation authority said.

Air China Flight 1350 from Changsha (CSX) to Beijing (PEK) diverted to Zhengzhou (CGO) on Sunday after a male passenger threatened a flight attendant. In a statement on its website, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAA) said that the man used a fountain pen to hold the flight attendant "under duress."

"I think someone uttered a cry, which woke us," one passenger recounted, according to The Straits Times. "Everyone was sleeping... it was a woman's cry. Nobody knew what was going on." The passenger said that the crew kept passengers calm and in their seats during the incident.

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The CAA said in its statement that after the flight made its emergency landing, both passengers and crew were unharmed. A preliminary investigation concluded that the 41-year-old passenger, only identified by his last name Xu, has a "history of mental illness."

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 (registration B-1958), landed at CGO intact. However, an alternate aircraft was sent to the airport to take passengers onto their final destination of Beijing, Air China said in a statement.

H/T: Reuters