Eurowings flight makes emergency landing in Kuwait

Bomb scare forces Eurowings flight to land in Kuwait, reports mistakenly write Oman Air instead of Eurowings.

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A mistake in a Kuwaiti newspaper said a bomb scare forced an Omani aircraft en route to Germany to land in Kuwait, where security forces inspected it.

In response, Oman Air said, "This is false news. It is not true. If there was any sort of danger on any of our flights our emergency response team would pick it up. We don’t have aircraft departing Muscat until 2pm today. It is not one of our aircraft."

In addition, Oman Airport Management Company's live flight information shows there have been no flights Germany or to Europe since 5:05am local time, and confirms the next flight out of the Muscat International Airport leaves to Frankfurt, Germany at 2pm local time.

According to Kuwait's Civil Aviation Authority, what actually happened was that Eurowings Flight EW117 en route from Salalah, Oman to Cologne, Germany was forced to land in Kuwait because of a bomb scare. The plane, an Airbus A330-203, was carrying 286 passengers, who were evacuated after the plane executed an emergency landing in Kuwait City.

Eurowings said the flight, a charter for the FTI tour company, was diverted to Kuwait "for security reasons and in consultation with the relevant authorities."

In a statement published by the state news agency KUNA said the flight "made an emergency landing at Kuwait International Airport because of suspicion that there might be a bomb on board ... preliminary investigations are being carried out to determine if the aircraft is free of explosives."

Authorities are currently investigating the incident. Eurowings is a subsidiary of German air carrier Lufthansa.