China plane lands after bomb threat



China plane lands after bomb threat Beijing: A Chinese airplane was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday after a woman passenger claimed there was a bomb aboard, the state media reported.

The flight, headed for Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, was forced to land at Jiayuguan Airport in Gansu province, Xinhua news agency reported from Lanzhou, the provincial capital.

The flight was heading for Urumqi after taking off from Beijing's Nanyuan Airport, it quoted a police official as saying.

"A woman passenger claimed that there was a bomb inside the plane, threatening to blow off the aircraft," said Chang Shouyuan, head of the municipal Public Security Bureau of Jiayuguan.

Local police have detained the woman passenger after the forced landing and are searching the plane for explosives.

The passenger's name and ethnicity were not immediately known. The affected airline and the number of passengers on the flight were also not disclosed.

The restive Xinjiang region is home to a mainly Uygur Muslims, who are against Chinese rule.

In August 2009, a flight to Urumqi was forced to return to Afghanistan following a bomb threat. It came a month after bloody ethnic riots in Urumqi killed nearly 200 people and injured around 1,700.

PTI