A male passenger who allegedly attempted to ignite a fire on board a Shenzhen Airlines flight from Taizhou to Guangzhou earlier today has been detained by police.
According to China News, the attempted arson occurred at around 1 a.m. just as the plane was preparing to land.
The perpetrator had somehow managed to bring gas and a cigarette lighter onto the plane, but fortunately he was quickly spotted and subdued by the crew and other passengers. Though, judging from the pictures he did manage to cause a few sparks.
The pilot issued an emergency call and the plane was then guided into the Guangzhou airport. A total of 95 passengers and nine crew members were evacuated. Two were reportedly injured slightly and have been sent to the hospital for treatment.
An investigation is ongoing and no further information has been released yet, including the motivation of the passenger’s attempted arson.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via China.com]