Beijing-bound United Airlines Flight 897 was forced to return to the US by the FBI after they discovered that a mother who kidnapped her child from the father was on board. The mother currently faces charges for ‘international parental kidnapping.’
According to Reuters, the woman had snatched her son from his father after a custody dispute, and boarded a flight bound for Beijing out of Washington, D.C. Upon hearing of the abduction, the FBI contacted the pilots and ordered them to return to Washington. They arrived several hours later, whereupon the woman was apprehended by the authorities, and the child reunited with his father. The grandmother, who had accompanied the mother on the flight, was not detained.
As of yet, the identity of the family has not been released.
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