Last updated: 03:10 PM ET, Tue June 14 2016

Chinese Plane Diverted After Passenger Rushes Cockpit

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 14, 2016

Chinese Plane Diverted After Passenger Rushes Cockpit

A man on a China Southern Airlines flight had to be restrained by the cabin crew and other passengers after he allegedly attempted to break into the cockpit.

According to the Daily Mail, the incident took place on June 9 during a Chinese domestic flight from Wuhan to Harbin, when a male passenger began shouting, throwing money into the air and then rushed the cockpit door.

The captain of China Southern Airlines Flight CZ8367 called for an emergency landing, and the cabin crew and other passengers were forced to tie the man to his seat following his outburst.

The disruptive passenger began shouting about five minutes after takeoff, but the flight crew managed to calm him down. A short time later, he ran toward the cockpit, forcing other passengers and members of the crew to restrain him.

Those that restrained the man tied his hands behind his back and then tied him upright in his seat for the remainder of the flight. The plane was diverted to Zhenzhou, where the passenger and his belongings were removed. The flight continued onto Harbin a short time later.

According to local media outlets, the man had a “temporary mental breakdown” and was taken home by his family following the ordeal.


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