URUMQI, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Air crew and passengers on Friday foiled the attempted hijacking of an aircraft with 100 people on board in China's far west Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, local police said. At least ten people were injured.
Six people allegedly tried to hijack Tianjin Airlines' Flight GS 7554 just 10 minutes after it took off from the Hotan Airport at 12:25 p.m. and en route to the regional capital Urumqi -- about 1,400 km away, officials with regional public security bureau said.
Two flight policemen were seriously injured, head attendant and seven passengers were slightly injured in the fight with hijackers, police said.
The plane then flew back and safely landed on the Hotan Airport. The six suspects are now in police custody, it said.
Further investigation is underway. Police have not revealed whether the hijackers took firearms or weapons on board.