Man Tries to Set Afire Chinese Airliner Mid-Air

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Beijing: A man on Sunday tried to set afire a Chinese airliner with more than 100 people on board while the plane was landing in southern China, but was overpowered by flight crew and co-passengers.

The 95 passengers and nine crewmembers on board Shenzhen Airlines flight ZH9648 from the city of Taizhou to Guangzhou near Hong Kong had a harrowing time as the male passenger tried to set afire a seat and attempted to damage the facilities while the plane was landing at around 1 a.m.

He was overpowered by flight crew and other passengers immediately, state-run Xinhua news agency reported without elaborating. But photos flashed in the Chinese social media showed a partially charred passenger seat and a blackened emergency exit door pointing to fire in the plane.

Two of the passengers suffered injuries in the ruckus which led to chaos and panic in the flight, the Xinhua report said, adding that they were sent to hospital. Chinese officials have released few details of the incident.

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