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Co-pilot wounded by "confused passenger" on flight to China

The man was arrested as the flight landed.

Image: Steve Parsons

THE CO-PILOT OF a KLM flight to China was attacked and wounded on Sunday, the Dutch airline has confirmed.

Dutch media reports that the man stabbed the co-pilot with either a knife or a piece of glass.

The weapon involved has not been confirmed by the airline, however.

“On Sunday, 3 January, on board flight KL897 en route for Beijing, a confused passenger locked himself in the toilets and inflicted slight wounds on himself,” the airline said in a statement sent to AFP.

“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, which left Amsterdam hours beforehand, in danger.

The man was then overwhelmed by fellow passengers, before being restrained in a seat for the remainder of the flight, which landed safely in Beijing.

The man was taken from the plane by local police. The co-pilot was treated for his injuries and has returned to the Netherlands.

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