Air Arabia plane makes emergency landing at UAE airbase
UAE air traffic control on Sunday ordered an Air Arabia airliner to make an emergency landing at a military airbase in the country after a passenger told flight crew the plane was about to explode.
The budget carrier in a statement confirmed that Air Arabia flight G9128 from Kuwait to the UAE emirate of Sharjah was diverted following instructions from air traffic control.
The airline, which is based in Sharjah, said that the diversion to Al Minhad airbase near Dubai, a hub for US-allied forces in the Middle East, was due to “an unruly passenger”, playing down the alleged bomb threat.
The UAE’s state news agency WAM reports that security forces boarded the plane upon landing and “resolved the situation”.
Air Arabia in its statement said that no injuries were reported and that the "flight landed safely and the authorities are currently holding the necessary investigation".
Air Arabia, which also carries commercial belly hold cargo, operates 38 aircraft servicing 89 destinations. It’s fleet is exclusively made up of Airbus A320 aircraft to standardise maintenance and repair scheduled and thereby reduce costs.