Air China flight makes emergency landing after man threatens crew with pen

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  • An Air China flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday
  • One of the passengers allegedly tried to threaten a crew with a fountain pen
  • No passengers or crew were hurt in the incident, the airline said

MANILA, Philippines – An Air China flight was forced to make an emergency landing halfway through its scheduled route on Sunday after a man reportedly threatened a crew with a fountain pen.

Reuters, citing a statement from China’s Civil Aviation Administration, said a male passenger on Air China Flight 1350 held a flight attendant “under duress” by threatening the crew with a fountain pen.

The airline did not identify the passenger in question.

The flight took off from Hunan province’s Changsa airport around 8:40 am and was bound for Beijing Capital International Airport where it was supposed to land at 11:00 am.

Due to the incident, the passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, in central Henan province shortly before 10 am.

The statement from the airline said no passengers or crew members were hurt and all are in safe condition.

The airport police is now handling the situation, the airline added, but provided no other details.

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