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Bomb scare forces China airliner to land

(People's Daily Online)

08:18, October 14, 2011

A China United Airlines flight from Beijing to Urumqi, northwestern China, was forced to land at another airport Thursday afternoon after a mentally disgruntled woman alleged there were explosives on board.

The KN 2273 flight, with 160 passengers and 10 crew members, landed at the Jiayuguang Airport in Northwest China’s Gansu Province in an emergency, and police came on board to repatriate all passengers, and conducted a thorough screening of all passengers and their luggage.

No explosives were found, and police found the woman, 27 years and surnamed Wang, was telling a lie threatening the flight, probably because she was mentally unstable after a quarrel with her boyfriend.

Wang was detained by police, facing further investigations.

The KN2273 flight took off at 2:55 pm Beijing time from Beijing’s southern Nanyuan Airport, and was scheduled to land at Urumqi, capital of northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 6:35 pm.

According to China United Airlines reports, during the journey, Wang handed the crew a written note which claimed there existed explosives on the plane

The crew immediately contacted the nearest airport, Jiayuguan, and landed safely there at 5:40pm.

All the passengers were evacuated while police detained the passenger, a 27-year-old woman surnamed Wang, who is originally from Chongqing City but most recently worked at a bank in Beijing.

She had a problem with her boyfriend and was heading to Xinjiang to talk to him, local police said.

Chang Shouyuan, head of the Public Security Bureau of Jiayuguan City, told Xinhua news agency that the woman passenger had shouted: "I want to perish with many of you. There is TNT on the plane."


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PD User at 2011-10-1458.68.145.*
She is unstable and give her a pill letting her go to sleep.
rick at 2011-10-1460.51.51.*
She must still go to prison, preferably at least 10 years, as a deterrent to similar crimes in the future.

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