An Air China flight headed for Beijing made an unplanned landing in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Sunday. This unscheduled landing was made as a passenger on board threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, as informed by China’s civil aviation authority.
As per a brief statement on the airline’s website, the Civil Aviation Administration of China states that a male passenger on the Air China Flight 1350, attempted to use a fountain pen to hold the flight attendant under threat. The statement further reveals that the flight crew and passengers all were unharmed.
Chinese police informed that initial inquiries revealed that the forty-one-year-old man who is identified only by his last name Xu, had a prior history of mental illness.
The flight took off from the capital city—Changsha of the Southern Hunan province at around 8:40 a.m. and the flight was scheduled to land at the Beijing Capital International Airport at around 11 a.m., as per the reports of local media and flight tracking websites.
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.
Air China said in the post that the plane made the unplanned landing owing to public safety concerns and that the police and civil aviation authorities were taking care of the situation.
It seems that alongside checking the passengers for carrying any pointed or life taking weapons the passengers need also to be checked whether they have any kind of mental condition or not. I mean a person with any kind of mental condition cannot be accused but the person could put others in a dangerous spot.