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Chinese Plane Hijacked to Taiwan

October 28, 1998 GMT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ An Air China jet with 104 people aboard was hijacked to Taiwan on Wednesday, reportedly by the plane’s captain who brought his wife and son along in his bid to escape an unhappy life.

The Boeing 737 was en route from Beijing to the southern Chinese city of Kunming when it was diverted to Taiwan. It arrived at the Taipei international airport at 11:17 a.m. local time, officials said.

The state radio quoted unnamed officials as saying the hijacker of Flight CA905 was suspected to be the captain, who apparently was unhappy with his job. The report could not be confirmed.


There was a spate of hijackings from China to Taiwan in 1993 and 1994 by Chinese who said they were seeking freedom and better job prospects.

Before the long-standing tensions between Taiwan and mainland China eased in the 1980s, Taiwan treated hijackers from China leniently, and even showered them with gold and cash rewards.

But the 16 hijackers arrested in the 1990s have all been jailed for up to 10 years. Two of them were paroled and sent back to China.

Hijackings in the opposite direction, from Taiwan to the mainland, have been rare.