Agean Airlines suspends flights to Beirut after damage found

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Agean Airlines suspends flights to Beirut after damage found

An Aegean Airlines Airbus A 320-200 taxis prepares to take off from Manchester Airport, Britain, January 8, 2018. REUTERS Phil Noble

ATHENS, Jan 15, Reuters -- Greece's largest carrier Aegean Airlines AGNr. AT said on Saturday it had suspended all flights to Beirut pending the results of an investigation into the cause of damage to one of its planes that flew to the Lebanese capital.

A company statement said that ground crew at Beirut's Rania Hariri International Airport found external damage to the fuselage of a plane that had flown from Athens on January 10, prompting the airline to suspend all flights to and from Beirut.

It didn't say anything about the damage found on the aircraft's exterior.

egean said it had notified Greek authorities and Beirut airport authorities and was expected to give an update on resuming flights to Beirut in the coming weeks.