Another Chinese Plane Hijacked to Taipei
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ For the ninth time this year, a Chinese jetliner was hijacked to Taiwan Sunday.
A man claiming he held explosives commandeered the Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737 as it was carrying 92 passengers and eight crew from the northern Chinese city of Harbin to Xiamen in southeast China, Taiwan’s defense ministry said.
State radio said the hijacker surrendered after the aircraft landed in Taipei escorted by two Taiwan jet fighters. Qi Daquan, 23, an employee of an international trading company in Harbin, was detained.
It was the ninth hijacking from China to Taiwan this year and the second in five days.
Last Wednesday, a Chinese businessman armed with a surgeon’s knife hijacked a Northern Airlines’ MD-82 plane, carrying 129 passengers, to Taiwan.
Like previous hijackings from China, that aircraft was allowed to return to China while the hijacker was detained.
Each side blames the other for the hijackings. Taiwan claims China’s airline security is lax, while China says Taiwan is too lenient to hijackers.
With the easing of polticial tensions between the two countries, Taiwan has stopped welcoming hijackers as political refugees.
Earlier this month, Taiwan’s top court upheld a 10-year prison term for two Chinese who hijacked an airliner in April.