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

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

However, online air traffic tracker Flight Radar 24 reveals the original path of the passenger jet was interrupted approximately half-way through Sunday's journey to the Chinese capital.

Some reports suggest the flight attendant was held against her will with a fountain pen but a photo of a craft knife has now emerged as the real weapon used by the passenger. A short statement from the authority confirmed an emergency diversion to Zhengzhou, adding that nobody was hurt during the incident. The CAAC stated on it's website, "The crew prepared and went to Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport according to procedures". One of the passengers tried to injure the flight attendant with a ballpoint pen during the flight, marks the channel.

Think your friends would be interested? The flight took off from Changsha, the capital of southern Human province and was scheduled to arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport during afternoon 1:00 pm (China's local time).

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The airline cited "public safety reasons" for the stop and said police and civil aviation authorities would be handling the situation.

The aircraft was also intact and another plane was sent to Zhengzhou to take the passengers to Beijing, Air China said on its social media account. However, China has been fighting growing dissent from a wide variety of groups including political, religious and regional breakaway factions.

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