In 1988, the Nigerian government impounded an Air India aircraft (Airbus A310 VT-EJJ) for almost 6 months stating that it was forfeit as part of a drug smuggling operation. Evidently a passenger on the BOM-NBO-LOS flight had been arrested for transporting narcotics.
Additionally, they arrested and sentenced to death 3 Air India employees as accessories to the transaction. These were the Inflight Supervisor (Ashim Chakravarty - a family friend of ours), the Purser who had served the zone that the passenger was seated (N. Kalidasan) and the NBO based flight dispatcher who flew the weekly NBO-LOS-NBO leg with the aircraft (cant remember his name).
After lengthy negotiations at the highest level, the Indian government succeeded in obtaining their release as well as that of the aircraft. However, many airlines (including AI) pulled out of LOS as a result of this incident.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada