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From Steven Jiang

CNN

BEIJING (CNN) — Passengers and crew members thwarted an attempt by six people to hijack a plane in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, local authorities said Friday.

Ten minutes into the flight between the cities of Hotan and Urumqi, the six alleged attackers on board the plane tried to take control of it “through violence,” a short statement by the provincial police said.

The passengers and crew members managed to subdue the alleged hijackers, sustaining minor injuries in the struggle, police said. The plane then returned to Hotan.

Once the plane was back on the ground, police took the suspects into custody.

Authorities said the case is under further investigation. They didn’t immediately disclose any information about the identity of the six people in detention.