Germany-bound Eurowings flight lands in Kuwait over hoax bomb scare

A Eurowings flight travelling from Oman to Cologne made an emergency landing in Kuwait because of "suspicion that there might be a bomb on board", said Kuwait's Civil Aviation Authority.
A Eurowings flight travelling from Oman to Cologne made an emergency landing in Kuwait because of "suspicion that there might be a bomb on board", said Kuwait's Civil Aviation Authority. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters, AFP) - A Eurowings flight made an emergency landing in Kuwait after a hoax bomb scare on Sunday (Jan 15), Kuwait's Civil Aviation Authority said.

The aircraft operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, was travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. It had 287 passengers and 10 crew on board.  

Upon its arrival in Kuwait, the plane was searched for explosives but none were found, a spokesman for the Gulf country’s civil aviation authority told the official KUNA news agency.

A statement from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of Kuwait, published on state news agency KUNA, confirmed no explosives were found on board.  

A Eurowings spokesman said passengers would be flown back to Germany from Kuwait on the same plane, an A330 jet. The pilot and relevant authorities had decided on an emergency landing as a preventive measure, he said, but declined to give further details of the incident.  

Passengers had left the plane and were being looked after in a hotel while awaiting details for continuing flight home, he said.  

Because the flight crew had exceeded its maximum working hours, the departure was scheduled for 2200 GMT (6am on Jan 16 Singapore time) on Jan 15.