A spokesman for Air Malta said it was fairly normal in commercial aviation for aircraft to be struck by lightning and aircraft were protected and certified in this regard. Passengers, crew and aircraft were never in any danger. He added that standard procedure entailed that the aircraft is checked after the flight.
So Air Malta was planning to operate a relief aircraft this evening with a team on engineers to service the aircraft, check all systems and certify it fit for flight. This aircraft is expected to arrive in Tel Aviv at around midnight. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 13-Dec-2013)