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Old 8th Feb 2008, 01:02
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A woman has been arrested after stabbing two pilots on an Air New Zealand flight in a foiled hijacking attempt.

Both pilots are in hospital after suffering stab wounds one to the hand and the other to foot.

The woman has been identified as a 33-year-old Blenheim resident, originally from Somalia.

Police said the woman had not been charged and that it was too early to say what charges she may face.

It is not yet known if there is a bomb on board.

Officials have recovered two knives one from the woman and another from the tarmac.

She was taken away in an ambulance, after reportedly suffering police dog bites.

It is understood three or four people were taken from the airport by St John Ambulance after the plane landed safely.

An army spokesman confirmed the bomb squad had been called in to defuse a device.

It was reported to have been in the woman's bag.

Wayne Johnstone, a passenger on board another flight to Invercargill, said he was asked to get off his flight and he saw police surrounding the aircraft involved, Stuff website reported.

He said there was a sniper on the tarmac, and police rushed into the plane.

"I saw a dog go in, the passengers came out in a rush, then the woman came out, bundled to ground and searched by police and taken away."

Passengers at the airport who saw the woman being arrested by police described her as middle aged and dressed in black clothes.

All flights in and out of Christchurch airport were suspended this morning and the terminal building closed.

The international terminal has since reopened and is being used to traffic domestic flights.

Air New Zealand confirmed that "an incident" had occurred on the scheduled commuter flight and said one passenger was taken into police custody when it landed.

It said the other seven passengers on board were all safe but gave no further details.

Police said a mayday call was received via the NZ Rescue Co-ordination Centre about 7.40am (5.40am AEDT).

"The pilots on board reported that a female passenger had attacked them in the cockpit, inflicting some minor injuries before she was removed from the cockpit," police said in a statement.

They said the plane landed at 8.06am (6.06am AEDT) and all passengers got off the aircraft safely.
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