An Air India Airbus Boeing 747-400 inbound to KWI from Jeddah was forced to overfly Kuwait after wandering into a missile attack while attempting to land there today. The incident occured at approximately 430pm local time.
The aircraft continued directly to BOM where it arrived safely at 1030pm local time. No injuries or damage to the aircraft were reported. Initial reports are that the aircraft was not targeted specifically but simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Air India will fly a special A310 extra section to Kuwait on Friday to pick up the passengers stranded as a result of this overflight. The airline is operating 5 extra sections to Kuwait today to cope with the additional demand, in addition to the regularly scheduled 3 flights.
In other news, passengers on the extra section flights out of Kuwait today staged a demonstration at Mumbai airport in protest against poor baggage handling. Air India was forced to leave a number of bags behind due to a breakdown of the conveyor belt at Kuwait airport. The flight had to leave before the belt could be fixed because of crew duty time restrictions. The passengers are demanding compensation from Air India for the inconvenience.