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Chinese passenger escorted off plane after claiming hijack under way

Man later found to have mental health issues

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 November, 2017, 12:35pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 November, 2017, 5:12pm

A Chinese passenger was escorted off a plane after claiming that a hijacking was under way, according to media reports.

The man was later discovered to have mental health issues.

The incident happened on a Sichuan Airlines flight flying from Xiamen in Fujian province to Chongqing on Tuesday night, the Changsha Evening News reported.

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The passenger claimed a hijack attempt was under way at about 8.45pm.

The passenger, a 22-year-old man whose full name was not given, left his seat for the toilet and suddenly shouted that he was being persecuted.

“They are trying to kill me. Some are carrying knives and others guns. They are hijacking the plane,” he was quoted as saying.

The security guard on the flight tried to talk to the man, but he was highly emotional and finally settled in the last row of the cabin.

The flight was given priority to land for its scheduled stop at Changsha airport in Hunan province at about 9.16pm and the passenger was escorted off the plane.

The passenger appeared to be hallucinating during the flight, according to a statement by the Hunan Public Security Department issued early on Wednesday morning.

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A check by airport police found he had no criminal record or drug history. A urine test also ruled out that he had taken drugs recently.

His family told police he had been emotionally unstable this year because of work troubles and had recently been hospitalised for a minor condition.

The man has been taken to hospital for further checks.

The flight departed for Chongqing after midnight.