KUWAIT: A Germany-bound Eurowings passenger flight from Oman landed in Kuwait yesterday over a bomb threat, but no explosives were found onboard, authorities said.
The Airbus A330 from Salalah heading to Cologne, Eurowings flight EW117, landed at 8 am at Kuwait International Airport after the captain received word of the threat, said Mansour Al-Hashemi, a spokesman for Kuwait’s civil aviation authority. Security officials found no signs of explosives on the aircraft, Hashemi said.
He declined to discuss how the threat was made against the aircraft. Eurowings said there were 287 passengers and 10 crewmembers onboard the plane, which was being flown by SunExpress on its behalf. Eurowings said the flight was a charter for tour company FTI. The plane was diverted to Kuwait “for security reasons and in consultation with the relevant authorities,” Eurowings said in an emailed statement, without elaborating.
The airline added that the flight would take off at 1 am today to head to Cologne as legal restrictions on maximum crew working time abarred it from leaving Kuwait sooner. Passengers were put up a hotel in the meantime, it said. — AP