Chinese flight crew rewarded

2012-07-10 11:52
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Beijing - Chinese state media say an airline has awarded cash and apartments worth millions of dollars to a crew that foiled a hijack attempt last month.

Six Uighur men were arrested for the alleged attempt in China's far west Xinjiang region on 29 June. Two later died from injuries sustained while fighting the crew and passengers.

Xinhua News Agency reported that Hainan Airlines, the parent company of the flight operator, awarded nine crew members with either $159 000 in cash, an apartment worth $318 000 or and a car.

State media say the crew also received cash from local governments and China's aviation administration. An overseas rights group says the incident was a brawl over a seat dispute, not a hijacking attempt.

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