Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing After Woman Breaks Window
Ms Li, age 29, was believed to be upset over a failed relationship while travelling on Loong Airlines Flight 8528, which had taken off from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province in north-western China, on 25 May.
The plane was bound for the coastal city of Yancheng in Jiangsu Province, east China. However, after Ms Li broke a window with a single drunken punch, the pilot had to make an unscheduled emergency stop at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, which is in the capital of Henan Province in Central China.
Airport authorities said Ms Li had 'lost control of her emotions', with footage of the incident showing her crying in her seat while cabin crew and fellow passengers attempt to restrain her.
Zhengzhou police said she had drunk half a litre of the Chinese grain alcohol known as baijiu - which has a typical alcohol by volume of between 35 to 60 percent - before the flight, having reportedly been dumped by her lover.
Ms Li, who drank two 250ml bottles of baijiu before boarding, began crying and punching the window next to her, cracking its first layer, with video footage showing flight attendants attempting to move her from her seat.
A police report from 12 June said the Airbus A320 touched down in Zhengzhou without further issue, and that thankfully no one was harmed during the incident.
Ms Li was arrested for a public order offence and detained, with Zhengzhou police saying her blood alcohol content was measured at 160mg/100ml.
Police did not say how long she was remanded for, or whether or not she would be fined for damage caused to the aircraft.
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It is also unclear if she will face being blacklisted by China's civil aviation authority as further punishment.
Meanwhile, another aircraft travelling from China hit headlines as the biggest plane in the world, having landed safely at Shannon Airport in Ireland last week to transport personal protective equipment (PPE) from Asia.
Some facts about the @AntonovCompany AN 225 ahead of its arrival to @ShannonAirport :clap:
:airplane:Max take off weight 640 tonnes
:airplane:Height = 6 story building
:airplane:Wing span 290 feet / 88 metres
:airplane:(The size of @CrokePark)
:airplane:Designed to carry the Buran spaceplane
:airplane:6 engines & 32 tyres! pic.twitter.com/Q3LozgIsfg
- Shannon Airport (@ShannonAirport) June 10, 2020
It's the single largest consignment to fly into the country, and the six-engine Antonov An-225 Mriya jet is the only one of its kind in the world. It is also used to carry things like military tanks, trains, and even smaller aircraft.
Niall Maloney, Director of Operations at Shannon Airport, described the aircraft as a 'beast'.
He told RTE Radio One: "It's a 640-tonne beast of an aircraft. If I managed to put nine 737s together, it's the same weight as nine 737s. It's a fantastic feat of aeronautical engineering.
"It's done its route from China, to Kazakhstan, it has just taken off from Azerbaijan. and we expect it to be in Shannon at about 10 past two this afternoon. The most important part is it is bringing PPE into Ireland. It's got nearly 900,000 surgical gowns and other medical equipment on board."
Maloney explained that the plane was designed in the 80s as part of the Soviet rule at the time, but is now owned by Ukraine and was part of the space programme.
He added: "It really lost its way. It was a moth ball for about eight years but it came back in the late 1990s as a commercial plane and literally has just been flying the longest pieces ever flown in an aircraft, the heaviest pieces ever flown in an aircraft."
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