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Air China flight returns to Beijing after threat: report

BEIJING--An Air China plane bound for New York was forced to return to Beijing after a “threatening message” directed at the flight was received, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Air China flight 981 returned to the Beijing Capital International Airport, the report quoted China's flag carrier as saying but gave no details about the nature of the threat or how far into its journey the flight was.

The flight is scheduled to take off again at 11:55 p.m. (1555 GMT), the report added, quoting the airport.

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