A stray bullet made a big hole in the fuselage of a Middle East Airlines Beirut-bound passenger plane from Jordan on Thursday.
A Middle East Airlines Beirut-bound passenger plane from Jordan was hit by a stray bullet during landing on Thursday (Representative image: Instagram/mea_airliban)
By India Today Web Desk: A Middle East Airlines passenger plane bound for Lebanon’s capital Beirut from Jordan was hit by a stray bullet during landing on Wednesday. No injury has been reported so far. The bullet is suspected to have been shot in a celebratory fire.
MEA chairman Mohamad El-Hout said seven to eight stationary planes are hit by stray bullets from areas neighbouring Beirut airport each year. However, Wednesday’s incident was the first one that occurred while a plane was moving.
Lebanon is no stranger to celebratory gunfire. Owning a gun in Lebanon is quite common and weapons are fired to mark even trivial occasions like speeches by politicians and the release of official exam results, among other events.
Cautioning against such firing, Hout said, “These practices of shooting in the air in Lebanon must be stopped … it is a source of danger to air traffic and the airport.”
Lebanese minister Paula Yacoubian was on the flight and shared the images of the aircraft after the bullet hit the fuselage. She said she was sitting in seat 2F when the incident occurred “right above my head”. She tweeted: “Uncontrolled weapons and stray bullets must be put to an end.”
(With inputs from Reuters.)