MIAMI – Following New Years celebrations, bullet holes were discovered in four brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft belonging to Middle East Airlines (ME) at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY) in Lebanon.
Maintenance crews were forced to repair the holes before the aircraft could again take flight, an especially unfortunate circumstance for aircraft that are only a few months old.
Fearing such an incident in advance, the director of the BEY Security Service requested that the Interior Ministry take actions curb the celebratory shootings.
The shootings, an unfortunate occurrence on Lebanese holidays, are believed to be celebratory. Damage reportedly was not limited to the aircraft, many in the general public are injured and even killed by such shootings each year.
While unfortunate, it is good that the gunfire did irrevocably damage the aircraft but policymakers will have to strategize as to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
Featured image: A321neo MEA In Flight Photo: MEA, Airbus