Thursday, February 9, 2017

Air Malta A320 struck by lightning on approach to Catania

An Air Malta aeroplane (Airbus A320-200, 9H-AEO) was struck by lightning as it approached the Catania airport earlier today.

In a statement, Air Malta said that no one was injured in the incident and that the aircraft landed safely in Catania.

"It is not uncommon in commercial aviation for aircraft to be struck by lightning," Air Malta’s chief operations officer S. Falzon said. "Aircraft are designed for this eventuality and Air Malta crews are specially trained to handle these situations. Passengers, crew and aircraft were never in any danger, and standard procedure entailed that the aircraft is checked once on ground and before further flight."

Air Malta's flight KM624 to Milan was diverted to Catania to take a team of engineers and parts to service the aircraft that had been struck by lightning, service the aircraft and certify it fir for flight. The aircraft is currently being repaired by the airline’s engineers.

As a consequence of this incident, Air Malta suffered some delays today but the airline expects to have the schedule back on track tonight. (Source:, 9-Feb-2017)