Muscat: A Eurowings flight from Salalah to Cologne in Germany was diverted to Kuwait following a bomb scare, an official from the airline said.
“We can confirm that there had been a bomb threat to the flight. However, detailed inspection revealed that there was no bomb found on the aircraft," an official from the airline said.
According to the official, flight EW117, operated by SunExpress on behalf of Eurowings, on its scheduled route from Salalah to Cologne was diverted to Kuwait as a matter of precaution and in co-ordination with the relevant authorities and the pilot.
“The A330 jet landed safely at the airport of Kuwait at 6.33am local time. The 287 passengers and 10 crew members disembarked the aircraft and are being taken care of on-site. Due to maximum crew duty times, the onward flight to Germany will be tonight,” the official added.
Quoting Mansour Al Hashemi, a spokesman for Kuwait's civil aviation authority, Kuwait’s state-run news agency KUNA said an initial search "confirmed the plane was explosives-free."
“The pilot had requested an emergency landing at the Kuwait City airport after leaving Salalah,” the report added.
The official from Eurowings said that hotel accommodation has been arranged for all passengers.
“The departure in Kuwait will be at 1.00am local time on January 16, 2017. The safety of passengers and crew is always our highest priority," the official added.
Oman Air clarified that none of their jets were involved in the scare, despite some earlier reports. The first flight schedule to Europe today from Muscat International Airport is to Frankfurt, Germany at 2 pm local time on Oman Air WY-113