Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Passenger starts fire on board a Chinese airlines flight

Just read this amazing story and had to post, how did the passenger get gasoline on board an aircraft? Serious security lapse or something more sinister?

A male passenger started a fire inside an airplane with more than 100 people on board as it was landing on Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in southern China on Sunday, July 26.

According to China News, the incident happened at around 1 a.m. on board Shenzhen Airlines flight ZH9648 carrying 95 passengers and 9 crew members as it was travelling from the eastern city of Taizhou in Zhejiang Province to Guangzhou.

Partially charred passenger seat. Photo Credit:

Partially charred passenger seat.
Photo Credit:

Using gasoline and a cigarette lighter, the unidentified passenger attempted to set a fire at the plane’s emergency exit door. Fortunately, alert plane crew members and some passengers spotted the man and subdued him. The pilot issued a distress call and the passenger plane was guided into the Guangzhou airport. Emergency slides were immediately deployed to evacuate the passengers and the crew members. The man who started the fire was taken into police custody. Two of the crew members who restrained the man sustained injuries and were later brought to a hospital for treatment. Photos that circulated online showed a partially charred passenger seat and a blackened. 

The unidentified man boarded the plane at Taizhou Luqiao Airport, which screens all travelers from banned substances such as lighters and flammable liquids. It was not clear how that man was able to bring the prohibited items onboard the plane. According to Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) of China, the incident points to a serious security breakdown at Taizhou Luqiao Airport. CAA officials said that an investigation is underway to find out the security lapse at Taizhou Luqiao Airport and the man’s possible motive. China bans the carrying of cigarette lighters and flammable substances, including spirits, aboard all flights.

Shenzhen Airlines confirmed the incident but refuses to give any other details.

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