Cabin crew who foiled plane hijack rewarded with cars and cash

Cabin crew who foiled plane hijack rewarded with cars and cashPA

The cabin crew of a Chinese airline who helped to prevent a hijack attempt have been rewarded for their "heroic" efforts with cars and lots of cash.

The Hainan Airlines group has gifted nine crew members with Audi cars and money, along with other rewards, according to

Two safety officers and the chief purser received cash and property worth 4 million yuan (£405,000) each in a ceremony held in Haikou, the provincial capital of Hainan, while the others received assets worth 2.5m yuan (£250,000).

Six men were arrested last Friday after the foiled hijack of a Tianjin Airline flight from Hotan to Urumqi in the Xinjiang region.

According to the Telegraph, the state-run Global Times newspaper reported that two of the suspects died in hospital from injuries they suffered during the ensuing fight with passengers and crew on board.

The plane, which was carrying 92 passengers and nine crew members, safely returned to Hotan 22 minutes after take-off.

The men, aged between 20 and 36, were reported to be Uighurs, the local Muslim ethnic minority.

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