A Chinese official says a flight crew prevented an apparent attempt to crash a Chinese jetliner last week.

The incident occurred Friday morning shortly after the China Southern Airlines flight left the far western city of Urumuqi at 10:35 a.m., said Nur Bekri, the governor of the sprawling western Xinjiang region.

He talked about the incident in a discussion about terrorism in Beijing on Sunday, but provided few details. He did not specify who was suspected to be behind the attempt, saying it remains under investigation.

"From what we presently know, this was an attempt to crash the plane," Bekri said

Bekri said the crew responded and brought the plane to an emergency landing in the western city of Lanzhou at 12:40 p.m. with no damage or injuries.