Attempted Chinese Hijacking Foiled
BEIJING (AP) _ The crew of a Chinese domestic airliner safely landed their plane Wednesday morning after subduing a man who attempted to hijack it, according to an official and state-run media.
The Xinhua Airlines flight took off at 7:20 a.m. from Baotou in China’s Inner Mongolian region on a flight to Beijing, 370 miles to the east, said the government-run news agency, Xinhua.
The hijacker attempted to take over the plane during the flight, but was immediately subdued by the crew, the report said.
The Boeing 737 landed in Jinan, about 185 miles south of Beijing about two hours after takeoff with all 143 passengers reported safe, Xinhua said.
The suspected hijacker was taken off the plane and sent to a hospital with unspecified injuries, said a security officer at Jinan’s airport. The officer, who only gave his surname, Xue, said investigators were trying to determine if others on the flight were involved.
The official and Xinhua did not provide further details on the hijacker’s identity and his planned destination. Xue said the plane was heading toward the unnamed locale when the crew foiled the attempt.
Officials with Xinhua Airlines and the Civil Aviation Administration of China did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.
Chinese hijackers have in the past mostly demanded to be flown to Taiwan, Beijing’s rival in a 51-year-old civil dispute.