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Hijacking description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Friday 7 March 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-200
Operator:China Southern Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Lanzhou Airport (LHW) (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Urumqi Airport (URC/ZWWW), China
Destination airport:Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Flightnumber:6901
Narrative:
China Southern Flight 6901 took off at 10:35, bound for Beijing. About 40 minutes into the flight, a 19-year old woman opened some cans and tried to start a fire in a toilet. She was arrested by air marshallers. The pilot diverted to Lanzhou.
The state-controlled Global Times newspaper reported that the woman carried petrol through a business class security check at Diwopu International Airport in Urumqi. The fuel was concealed in drink cans and mixed with fragrance to hide the smell.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» China foils attack on passenger plane (Xinhua 9-3-2008)


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Distance from Urumqi Airport to Beijing-Capital Airport as the crow flies is 2413 km (1508 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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