Woman's fake bomb threat grounds Chinese plane

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 10:45 PM

A fake bomb threat allegedly made by a disgruntled woman trying to worry her husband forced a Chinese airliner to make an emergency landing in the country's west, an airport official said Friday.

The China United Airlines flight, which took off from Beijing and was headed to the far western city of Urumqi, was forced to land Thursday at Jiayuguan Airport in Gansu province where police detained the 27-year-old passenger, said Peng Xiaodong, spokesman for the Gansu Airport Group which oversees the airport.

Peng said the woman had been having trouble with her husband and "wanted to make him worry," though her husband was not on board the plane.

Peng said no explosive devices or other suspicious material were found on the plane and it resumed to its destination late Thursday, he said. An investigation was under way, he said.

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The state-run China News Service reported that the woman was surnamed Wang.

Such incidents have been rare in recent years following an increase in security.

In 2008, a woman allegedly attempted to set a plane on fire during a flight from Urumqi, the capital of the restive Xinjiang region. Ethnic riots there two years ago killed at least 197 people.