The aircraft was ordered to land by the Indian Air Force, when its call sign did not match with the sign available with the Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC).
Later on Sunday evening, the pilot in consultation with the US embassy in New Delhi and the US Consulate in Mumbai, decided that all the people on board – 205 US Marines and a few crew members would take a night halt in Mumbai.
Accordingly, Sunday evening bookings were made for all those on board at the Hotel Hyatt Regency, near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
The flight was carrying the US Marines on a holiday to Bangkok.
Sources said, the aircraft departed for its onward journey to Bangkok on Monday, Oct 19.