Heart-Stopping Photos of Attempted Hijacking in China Go Viral

Heart-Stopping Photos of Attempted Hijacking in China Go Viral

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On-Board Struggle

On-Board Struggle

A struggle between hijackers and passengers developed on board the aircraft.

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An attempted airliner hijacking was fought off by passengers in the skies above western China on Friday, and photos of the incident went viral almost immediately on Chinese microblogging service .

A passenger onboard took the pictures and sent them to Weibo user , who uploaded them for all the world to see. They seem to show a struggle between the would-be hijackers and passengers aboard the aircraft, who subdued and restrained the assailants.

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Six hijackers attempted to take control of the plane early after takeoff over China's Xinjiang provence, a region with a substantial Uighur population. The aircraft then returned to its departure airport, where the suspects were arrested.

Chinese state media has largely ignored the photos, but they've spread like wildfire across the Weibo network, which has approximately 300 million users.

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This story originally published on Mashable .

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