An Air China flight bound for Beijing made an unscheduled landing in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Sunday after a passenger threatened a flight attendant with a fountain pen, the country's civil aviation authority said.
The flight had taken off at 8:40 am from the city of Changsha in Hunan province and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 11 am.
"By 13.17 the incident had been settled successfully".
The authority says the man attempted to use the pen to hold a member of crew "under duress".
All passengers and crew on Flight 1350 made it safely off the plane after it landed in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, at 10am due to what had earlier been described by authorities as an unspecified "illegal interference".
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The police said the passenger, 41, had a history of mental illness. Shocking photos have now emerged of a man holding an object to the female flight attendant's neck as passengers look on in horror.
An Air China flight that was travelling from Changsha to Beijing was forced for an impromptu landing.
In 2016 there was even the case of a Chinese tourist who activated the emergency slide on a China Southern aircraft in order to "get some fresh air". A woman passenger told The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald that on looking outside the window of the plane, she notices many police cars, ambulances and fire engines parked at Zhengzhou airport.
The airline cited "public safety reasons" for the stop and said police and civil aviation authorities would be handling the situation.