Man uses pen to hold Air China flight attendant hostage

Man uses pen to hold Air China flight attendant hostage

An Air China flight was diverted Sunday after a male passenger brandishing a fountain pen held a crew member hostage, aviation authorities said.

Air China flight CA1350 took off at around 8.40am local time and was diverted to the city of Zhengzhou after the incident unfolded. "The passengers and crew are all safe", the statement said.

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.

It said only that "the matter was successfully handled" by 1:17pm, but did not provide any details.

The flight made an unplanned landing at the Zhengzhou Xin Zheng International Airport, in the central Henan province at around 9:58 a.m., as per the earlier post on the Air China's official Weibo microblog.

The Zhengzhou airport said it activated emergency measures as soon as the flight informed it about the incident, and that the airport was now operating normally, AP reported.

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

As the channel CGTN, the plane made flight from Changsha to Beijing.

The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald quoted a passenger as saying that the problem was in first or business class. The passenger described seeing armed personnel in camouflage uniforms assembled in two or three rows.

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