Narrative:An Embraer ERJ 190 passenger jet returned to Hotan Airport (HTN), China following a foiled hijacking attempt. Tianjin Airlines flight 7554 to Urumqi was en route when three passengers in the front and three in the back stood up and announced a hijacking.
Passengers and crew overpowered the hijackers who were subdued. According to media reports the hijackers carried explosives and had attempted to break into the airplane's cockpit with a crutch.
The flight returned to land at Hotan where the hijackers were apprehended.
Two hijackers later died in hospital from injuries received in the fight with passengers and crew.
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants
» CAAC news release
» Global Times
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Hotan Airport to Urumqi Airport as the crow flies is 991 km (619 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.