Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Man 'Stabs Co-Pilot' and Harms Himself On KLM Beijing-Bound Flight

A passenger on a long-haul KLM flight from Amsterdam to Beijing attacked and wounded a co-pilot before he was subdued by others on board, the Dutch airliner has said.

Witnesses, quoted by Dutch media, said the man had stabbed the co-pilot either with a knife or with a piece of broken glass in Sunday's incident, but that was not confirmed by KLM.

The daily flight KL897 took off around 5.35pm local time from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on Sunday en-route for the Chinese capital, and landed safely at 10.31am on Monday.

'On Sunday, January 3, on board flight KL897 en route for Beijing, a confused passenger locked himself in the toilets and inflicted slight wounds on himself,' the airline said in a statement sent to AFP.

'He then slightly wounded the co-pilot in one of the kitchens in the cabin,' KLM added, stressing that at no point was the plane in danger.

After the man 'was overwhelmed he was attached to a seat for the rest of the journey,' the daily De Telegraaf said, quoting a witness.

The Dutch newspaper reports that passengers said the pilot was 'stabbed' by the man, and state he was of Chinese origin.  

The attacker was taken off the flight by about 15 policemen who were waiting for the plane to land on the tarmac in Beijing, another witness told the paper.
KLM said the co-pilot was treated for his injuries in Beijing and was now back in the Netherlands.

Earlier this week, MailOnline reported on how a female passenger tried to open a plane's emergency exit in mid-air and threatened to kill herself before she was restrained by flight crew.

The shocking incident happened on board a Beijing Capital Airlines that was travelling from from Changsha in Hunan province to Sanya in Hainan in China.
The incident was relayed on Weibo by one passenger, who said that the woman was spotted by staff trying to open the door.

Culled from Daily Mail.

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