The nose of a Kuwait Airways flight bound for Beirut was damaged during landing at Lebanon’s Rafiq Hariri International Airport on Sunday after colliding with snow during its landing.
Flight KU501 was “subject to a collision that is likely to be the result of ice or thunderstorm at 8,000 feet while on the verge of landing” at the airport, leading to “damages in its forefront”.
Kuwait Airways also took to social media, tweeting to confirm that the flight had been ‘hit by a sudden impact of a mass of snow passing.’ “Kuwait Airways wishes to clarify, that its Airbus plane (A320) operated for its flight (KU501) departed to Beirut on Sunday morning 21/4/2019 was hit by a sudden impact of a mass of snow passing. Thankfully the plane landed safely at Rafiq Hariri International Airport in Beirut/1”
The Airbus A320 aircraft landed safely at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut.The Passengers affected by delays due to the incident were given rooms in a local hotel, and the return flight departed Lebanon at 10.30pm, landing at Kuwait International Airport at 00:50 on Monday morning.
According to directorate general of civil aviation in Lebanon that the damage occurred due to an ice cloud rather than hail.A complete investigation into the incident is expected to clarify the exact cause. “he said.