Reports that a Middle East Airlines  aircraft was struck by lightning are false, sources from the Lebanese firm told The Daily Star Saturday.
Several media reports said Saturday that an MEA plane was hit earlier in the day by lightning while it was landing at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut on its return from Cairo.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the reports as false.
The MEA said in a statement that all its aircraft were equipped to tackle varying environment conditions and there was no cause for alarm.
“All Middle East Airlines planes are fitted with equipment allowing them to navigate in all sorts of environment conditions ... thus taking off and landing operations are running normally and there is nothing abnormal or worrisome,” a statement from the MEA’s Public Relations Department said.