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A mob of angry passengers held a Jetstar pilot and crew hostage for over six hours after their flight was diverted from Beijing to Shanghai due to bad weather.
The experienced Australian pilot is being hailed as a hero for his calm actions after being confronted by the angry passengers as they disembarked at Shanghai’s Pudong airport.
Upset at the delay and fearful they would be abandoned and left to find their own way to Beijing, the passengers bailed the crew up inside a section of the arrivals area and refused to let them leave.
Trouble erupted after Jetstar staff explained to passengers the reason behind the delay and offered them a hotel for the day; passengers apparently did not trust the assurances of the crew and refused to let them leave.
After tense negotiations, the pilot managed to get some of the crew released, but he stayed to continue to calm down the passengers and make alternative arrangements for their travel. Some were put onto trains to complete their journey and others onto different flights.
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