Passenger on KLM flight wounds co-pilot

2016-01-05 14:46


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The Hague - The Dutch airliner KLM says a man on a long-haul flight from Amsterdam to Beijing has attacked and slightly wounded a co-pilot before being subdued by other passengers.

Witnesses, quoted by Dutch media, said the man had stabbed the co-pilot either with a knife or with a piece of broken glass in the incident, but that was not confirmed by KLM.

KLM said the incident happened on Sunday on board flight KL897 en route for Beijing. The confused passenger locked himself in the toilet and inflicted slight wounds on himself.

"He then slightly wounded the co-pilot in one of the kitchens in the cabin," KLM added, stressing that at no point was the plane in danger.

After the man "was overwhelmed he was attached to a seat for the rest of the journey," the daily De Telegraaf said, quoting a witness.

The attacker was taken off the flight by about 15 policemen who were waiting for the plane to land on the tarmac in Beijing, another witness told the paper.

KLM said the co-pilot was treated for his injuries in Beijing and was now back in the Netherlands.

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