Photos of thwarted hijacking in China spread through social media
An attempted plane hijacking in China was foiled by crew and passengers Friday, and the first behind-the-scenes photos of the dramatic events skipped state-controlled media entirely.
Instead, the images spread virally through Sina Weibo, the country’s burgeoning Twitter-like microblogging service.
It began ten minutes after a flight took off from the remote desert city of Hotan in China’s Xinjiang province, a largely ethnic Uighur area. Six people apparently attempted to take control of the plane but were overpowered by passengers and subdued. The aircraft, originally headed towards the provincial capital of Urumqi, was diverted back to Hotan, and the suspects were taken into custody.