Date
24 March 2017
A Shenzhen Airlines plane (above) is shown in Hong Kong airport. A similar aircraft was involved in a reported arson attempt by a passenger. Photo: Reuters
A Shenzhen Airlines plane (above) is shown in Hong Kong airport. A similar aircraft was involved in a reported arson attempt by a passenger. Photo: Reuters

Passenger subdued after arson attempt on Chinese plane

Passengers and crew overpowered a man who tried to set fire to the cabin of a Chinese airliner with more than 100 people on board.

The incident happened as Shenzhen Airlines flight ZH9648 was coming in to land in Guangzhou on Sunday from the eastern city of Taizhou.

Reuters is reporting that the man tried to “damage facilities” but a civil  aviation information website said he had “attempted arson”. 

He was later detained.

Two passengers were injured in the struggle and online photos showed burns to a passenger seat as well as a blackened cabin door, suggesting that some kind of fire had been lit.

The plane also carried nine crew members, according to state news agency Xinhua.

China is to enhance safety checks at medium-sized, small and new airports after the incident, the civil aviation watchdog said.

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