Incident Summary:

06/29/2012: Six assailants attempted to hijack an airborne Tianjin Airlines flight while en route from Hotan to Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, China. The hijacking was foiled when the six assailants were overwhelmed by the plane's passengers and crew members. At least 10 people sustained injuries as a result of the incident. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, officials attribute the attack to Uighur separatists.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Tianjin Airlines
Specific Description Airplane
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 100
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Crutches were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Uighur Separatists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 6
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"6 Uighur men arrested for plane hijack in China," The Associated Press, June 30, 2012.
"URGENT - China Plane Hijacking Foiled," CNN Wire, June 29, 2012.
"Plane hijack foiled in west China's Xinjiang," Associated Press Online, June 29, 2012.