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Man detained after hoax grounded plane in NW China


08:34, October 09, 2012

Passengers board on the plane CZ680 at Gansu Zhongchuan Airport in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu Province, Oct. 8, 2012. The passenger plane, which made a forced landing in Lanzhou on Monday afternoon after receiving an anonymous "terrorist threat," took off at about 10:45 p.m. Monday after a security check. (Xinhua/Zhang Meng)

LANZHOU/URUMQI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- A suspect was detained by police in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region late Monday night, hours after a plane made a forced landing because of a terrorist threat he allegedly fabricated.

The man, whose surname was given as Wang, confessed to the police that he made the fake terrorist threat that had led to the forced landing of an international passenger plane, according to sources with Xinjiang public security authorities.

Police said they are investigating Wang's motives of making up the threat.

The China Southern Airlines flight CZ680, traveling from Istanbul to Beijing via Urumqi, was grounded in the Zhongchuan Airport in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, hours after its take-off from Xinjiang's capital of Urumqi.

The Boeing 757 took off again at around 10:45 p.m. at the airport after a four-hour-long security check found no explosives or any other suspected items.

The plane was scheduled to take off from Urumqi at 2:30 p.m. and land in Beijing at 5:50 p.m., according to the flight's timetable.

It made its forced landing in Gansu at around 5:30 p.m..

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