|Suspect Xiong Yi (C) is sent from an airplane under escort in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, on Sept. 2, 2012. Chinese police have seized a suspect who allegedly sent a threatening message which caused a domestic flight to divert on Thursday, sources with the police said Saturday.
WUHAN, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have seized a suspect who allegedly sent a threatening message which caused a domestic flight to divert on Thursday, sources with the police said Saturday.
The 29-year-old man, Xiong Yi, was caught Saturday afternoon in a hotel in Dongguan city in southern province of Guangdong, according to the police of central China's Hubei Province, where Xiong resides.
Xiong confessed that he made an anonymous phone call to an airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong at 10:43 p.m. Thursday, claiming that explosives had been planted on Shenzhen Airlines Flight ZH9706, which was in mid-air for Shenzhen from Xiangyang, Hubei.
Xiong said over the phone that the explosives would be detonated 45 minutes after the flight's take-off.
The flight made an emergency landing at an airport in Hubei's capital Wuhan at 11:24 p.m. out of concerns for passenger safety.
Police conducted a thorough inspection but found no dangerous items on the aircraft or in the passengers' belongings.
The incident is the second to occur within the week. An Air China flight from Beijing to New York was forced to return to Beijing over a threatening message Wednesday evening.
No abnormalities were detected on the flight, either.