A Kuwait Airways aircraft on Sunday hit a “mass of snow” while landing at Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport, the airline said in a statement, causing the nose cone to bend.
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”, Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported.
“The Civil Aviation Safety Department at Beirut Airport is preparing its technical report on the incident,” the report added. Kuwait Airways confirmed the incident in a statement on Twitter.
“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,” it said.
A source at the directorate-general of Civil Aviation also told newspaper Daily Star that “an ice cloud” could have been responsible for the accident.
However, all the details are only expected to be revealed following a complete investigation.