China: Two Xinjiang hijackers die in hospital

China’s official newspaper The Global Times reports from Urumqi and Beijing: Six suspected hijackers aged 20 to 36 tried to hijack a flight from Hotan to Urumqi in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday, local authorities confirmed to the Global Times.

Passengers including six policemen and the crew fought against the hijackers and prevented them from igniting explosives. Two of the hijackers died in hospital from injuries received in the fight. Two other suspects, who reportedly mutilated themselves, are being treated in hospital in Hotan.

“After the incident, the Civil Aviation Administration of China immediately asked airports in some major cities and provincial capitals to upgrade their security checks for flights bound for Xinjiang,” according to Global Times.

The Complete Global Times Report
Qiu Yongzheng and Li Xiang

Two of six suspected hijackers have died following a botched attempt to commandeer a flight from Hotan to Urumqi in China’s far west Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday, local authorities confirmed to the Global Times.

The two died in hospital from injuries received in a fight with passengers and crew during the attempted hijacking of a Tianjin Airlines‘ flight.

Two other suspects, who reportedly mutilated themselves, are being treated in hospital in Hotan, said the region’s press office.

The six hijackers, who ranged in age from 20 to 36, are from the city of Kashi, Hou Hanmin, a spokesperson for the region’s press office, told the Global Times.

The men were quickly subdued as they tried to break into the airplane’s cockpit with a crutch, and their attempt to ignite explosives was foiled, witnesses told the Global Times.

The flight had 92 passengers and nine crew members onboard, 10 of whom were injured.

A local official handling the case said only six police officers were on the passenger list.

Four of the officers were from Luopu county and two other were from Hotan.

“Nearly all the officers are Uyghur people, who took fast action after distracting the hijackers,” the official told the Global Times.

A number of officials confirmed with the Global Times that explosives had been brought onboard and that passengers managed to defuse them before they could be detonated.

How the hijackers managed to smuggle explosives and a crutch past security checks is under investigation, officials said. “Whether it is negligence has yet to be determined,” an official told the Global Times.

A Tencent microblog user by the named “luotuo” said his friend who was onboard helped resolve the crisis.

“My friend tied the hijacker up with his leather pants belt,” he told the Global Times.

After the incident, the Civil Aviation Administration of China immediately asked airports in some major cities and provincial capitals to upgrade their security checks for flights bound for Xinjiang.

According to news portal ifeng.com, this high-alert level is usually applied before and after some key festivals such as National Day.

However, the Global Times reporter in Xinjiang did not notice a conspicuous tightening of security at the region’s main airports.

Calls from the Global Times to Xinjiang Airport Group Co, which manages 16 airports in the region, were left unanswered yesterday.

Starting from Saturday, Shanghai’s two airports – Hongqiao and Pudong – have tightened security that had required passengers to take off their shoes and unfasten their pants belt, Shanghai Airport Authority said yesterday.



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5 replies

  1. GOOD going China!!
    Dont ever become WEAK like the once mighty USA.

    And if you ever decide to come over, you are welcome in our home, we have a ping-pong table, my husband is a GREAT pong player.

    I am sorry that we have treated you with such contempt. Terrible how we treat those we are indebted to.
    I am sad that my country is gone. And hope you dont go bad like we have.
    Thank you for lending to us when we didnt deserve it.

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    • I am by no means so pessimistic about America. There is indeed a serious problem now in American election practice in finding a competent leader as I believe that leaders are elected now due to their skill to win votes, their images, their eloquence, etc. instead of their competence to govern. However, there will be improvement just like the tremendous improvement in civil rights in the past because of America’s high quality people.

      I believe history is created by talented leaders supported by quality people.

      The advantages of the Chinese system now are that leaders are promoted to top on the basis of their performance in leading local governments. That shall be kept if there is universal suffrage in China, i.e. voters shall be provided with the information on candidates’ past performance and their future plans instead of choosing a leader by his skill to win votes, image and eloquence or discarding a candidate due to mud slinging. TV debates shall be banned as we are not to choose a show business star.

      In fact, America is great not only because of its universal suffrage, which is an important part of democracy, but is not everything. Much more important is the division of three powers, the rule of law, the freedom of speech and press, etc. Therefore, even if a despot is unfortunately elected as president, he will not be able to practice his despotism as he will be stopped by the congress, the court and the people.

      In China however, under the current system, a talented despot may rise to the top due to his talents in governance. Bo Xilai is a good example. Even if there is a universal suffrage system like America’s, a despot may still be elected. Mao rose to the top due to his talents in war. However, with his charisma, eloquence and tricks to win votes, he might have been elected under an American election system. I myself worshiped him when I was a teenager because of his beautiful poems and might have given him my vote if there had been a democratic election.

      If a despot like Mao rises to the top either in China’s current system or under US-style universal suffrage, he will brings disasters to the China as there is no mechanism in China to stop him when he practices his despotism. If unfortunately, the US really is weaker than China when such a Chinese leader emerges, there will be no country to constrain China and he will bring disasters not only to China but also to the world. That is my greatest worry as I have personally experienced the disasters brought to Chinese people by Mao.

      Due to censorship, I cannot write in Chinese to affect Chinese politics. I write in English and hope that as most Chinese elite can read English, my writings may have some impact. As for American politics, my view may perhaps be right, but I do not think that I will have much influence.

      Thank you for your invitation. I have written quite much that offends Chinese authorities, especially my book that praises Tiananmen protesters. If there is no “one country two systems” for Hong Kong in the future, I may have to flee to the US and stay at your house before I find a place to stay.

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