Muslims try to hijack Chinese plane, passengers kill hijackers

How to end a hijacking via ABC News – 2 Suspects Dead in China Plane Hijack Attempt:

Two men who allegedly tried to hijack a plane in far west China by battering the cockpit door with a crutch and trying to set off explosives have died from injuries sustained in a fight with passengers and crew, state media said Monday.

Earlier reports said six Uighur men were arrested Friday following the foiled hijack attempt in Xinjiang region.

Hotan hijack foiled after aircraft brawl –

Air crew and passengers foiled an attempted hijacking of a plane Friday noon in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, local police said.

Six people tried to hijack Tianjin Airlines’ Flight GS 7554 just 10 minutes after it took off from Hotan Airport at 12:25 am, en route to the provincial capital Urumqi, according to the region’s Public Security Bureau.

“All six of the hijackers were ethnically Uyghur, and they tried to break into the cockpit using a broken crutch as a weapon, but were overpowered by passengers and crew,” Hou Hanmin, chief of the regional information office, told the Global Times, adding that investigation is ongoing and whether the hijackers are part of a terrorist group remains unclear.

Hou said that at least seven people were injured during the fight with the hijackers and the six suspects are now in police custody.

The hijack was a violent terrorist attack, Hou said, adding that four passengers are receiving hospital treatment and their conditions are stable.

The plane returned to Hotan after the suspects were foiled. Hou said order in the airport has been restored since the crisis was resolved.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has decided to honor the crew of the flight as “China’s Civil Aviation Anti-hijacking Hero Crew,” and also expressed appreciation to the passengers who bravely aided the crew.

A Web user under the screen name cameral claimed on Tencent Weibo that a friend of his on the plane helped to fight the hijackers, three of whom were sitting in the front and the other three in the middle of the vessel.

More mundane concerns haunted the passengers later. Another Sina Weibo user claimed that they were still stuck at Hotan airport at around 7 pm, where they had only received a bowl of instant noodles for dinner.

The BBC quoted Hou as saying that there were 92 passengers and 9 crew members on board during the hijack.

“All of a sudden, policemen and armed police at Hotan airport cleared the taxis and cars out. Soon I saw riot police cars, ambulances and fire engines entering the airport,” a driver surnamed Wu told the Global Times.

Wu and other Uyghur drivers awaiting passengers at the airport were angry about the hijacking since their hopes of rich profits during the tourism season may be spoiled by the plot.

Li Wei, director of the Institute of Security and Strategic Studies at the Beijing-based China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times that, judging by the nature of the hijack, it was a terrorist attack.

“The hijackers adopted violent measures to threaten the lives of civilians and their intentions are also suspicious since we’re coming up to July 5, the third anniversary of the riots in Xinjiang,” Li said. “The successful frustration of this terrorist plot proves that airport security is very important and that it’s also vital for the crew members and passengers to act quickly.”

Authorities have reportedly started house-to-house inspections in Hotan city after an illegal madrassa holding 54 children was raided earlier in June.

“Separatists in Xinjiang are trying to make some noise before the opening of the 18th National Congress of Communist Party of China on the meeting of WUC in Tokyo. It shows that the hijack and other serious terrorist attacks in southern Xinjiang are motivated by exile groups overseas and the connection is close and underground,” Li said.

At least 12 people were killed during terrorist attacks at the end of February, Xinhua reported.

19 thoughts on “Muslims try to hijack Chinese plane, passengers kill hijackers

  1. We should learn from this in the US. 9-11 would have ended differently. Note they killed the hijackers. Our dept of justice would have charged the people who killed the terrorists with murder. Of course, the dept of justice is under Islamic rule, as like the white house.

    • The article says all six hijackers are in custody, it says nothing about any of them being killed. It says seven people were injured and all six hijackers are in police custody.

    • I do believe this is the same thing that the people of the flight did at Shanksville Pa. They fought back and as a result our Capitol builiding or White House was spared. Unfortunately, they lost their lives along with the highjackers.

      • This is the shape of the civilizational conflict we are now entering. The government will divorce itself as it is soiled compromise and facilitation to the enemy. Things will get worse, much worse I fear. Watch for non-moslemite governments enacting laws with severest consequences for bothering a follower of mohammad’s god allah, the one he thought up in a cave somewhere in a desert.

    • I think in this case its conquest of China under cover of ‘separatist’ movement first. Evidently Chinese are not big fans of madrassas are and what they stand for. Maybe this is an opportunity for Billary Clinton to chastise them for their behavior.

  2. Creeping this is a great story– it says ‘hijackers and the six suspects are now in police custody’ though passengers did ‘foil’ attempt

    • Details added – they either took the dead into custody or they died after being taken into custody…either way they are dead & the attempt was foiled

  3. Ahh, the feel good story of the day. Complete with a happy ending!

    You know what they say, the only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.

  4. Pingback: Muslims try to hijack Chinese plane, passengers kill hijackers | News4 Archive

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