Air Arabia: Investigation launched into ‘unruly passenger’

The low-cost airplane made the emergency landing in a UAE military base after one passenger warned that it will explode

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The UAE airline Air Arabia is investigating the events leading up to an incident that caused the emergency landing of one of its carriers, a spokesperson for the company said Monday.

“Air Arabia flight G9128 from Kuwait to Sharjah on May 3, 2015 was diverted to Minhad Airport in Dubai following instructions from the Air Traffic Control due to an unruly passenger onboard,” the spokesperson said in an official statement.

“Flight landed safely and the authorities are currently holding the necessary investigation. We regret any inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew remains Air Arabia’s highest priority," the statement added.

The statement came shortly after an airplane coming from Kuwait had to make an emergency landing when one of its passengers warned that the airliner would explode.

The plane’s crew members were directed to land at Al-Minhad Air Base, a military installation in the UAE. The air base is located approximately 24 kilometers south of Dubai and is operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

Air Arabia is a low-cost airline with its head office in the Emirati city of Sharjah. Al Arabiya News Channel reported that the airplane was heading to Sharjah.

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