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Heroic Chinese passenger hailed for thwarting attempted plane hijacking

(People's Daily Online)    15:25, March 20, 2017

Cao Hongguo (2nd right) poses with his colleagues after flight ET604 arrived in Beijing, on March 18, 2017. (Photo/AVIC)

A Chinese man has won tremendous acclaim on social media after helping to thwart an attempted plane hijacking on a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Beijing, saving over 200 lives.

Cao Hongguo, an employee of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), was a passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET604 on March 18 when a passenger who had recently been fired from his job turned violent and attempted to hijack the plane, a Weibo post by AVIC recounted.

The attacker, a 6-foot-tall male, started the episode by kicking at the door of the cockpit in the middle of the flight, sending the cabin into chaos. Cao quickly threw himself at the assailant. With the help of several other passengers, Cao then managed to subdue him after a tense, 20-minute struggle, according to Dahe, a newspaper in Henan province, where Cao is from.

The plane made an emergency landing in Pakistan's Lahore Airport, where the attacker was escorted off the plane, Dahe reported.

A thank-you note written by the captain of the flight (Photo/AVIC)

In a thank-you note written by the captain of the flight and released by AVIC, Cao is said to have played an "instrumental" role in helping the air crew get to Beijing safely.

"Cao Hongguo helped us to restrain a violent passenger, and was himself hurt during the struggle," the captain wrote.

Fortunately, Cao sustained only a minor bruise during the incident, according to a WeChat post by his colleague.

"I have been on the same flight as you many times, and I'm so proud of you!" another colleague wrote, adding to the flood of social media posts exalting Cao's bravery. 

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