Man attempts mid-air suicide
From correspondents in Beijing
September 5, 2003
A distraught passenger on board a Chinese plane en route to Beijing from Paris tried to commit hara-kiri with a pair of scissors, but was stopped at the last minute, state media reported Friday.
A stewardess on board the Air China flight was alerted to the situation when she noticed that the passenger, seated at the back of economy class, tried to slice his stomach open with the scissors, the Beijing Today newspaper said.
Four crew members tried to subdue the passenger, while he attempted to smash his head into the wall, but a doctor on board finally managed to force a tranquilizer down his throat, the paper said.
It turned out the passenger apparently wanted to commit ritual suicide after he had been turned away at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport because of problems with his passport, the paper said.
The paper did not give the nationality of the passenger, but noted that while he was fighting with the crew, he shouted "I want to go back to Sri Lanka".
Original Source: Agence France-Presse