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An Airbus A320 of the Saudi company Flyadeal was damaged following a drone attack.

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A drone strike at Abha airport in Saudi Arabia damaged an Airbus A320. The aircraft was leased to the Saudi low-cost airline Flyadeal and was one of 12 aircraft in its fleet.

An airplane belonging to the airline Flyadeal was severely damaged by a drone attack on an airport in Saudi Arabia. Abha Regional Airport, about 75 miles from the border with Yemen, was hit by a drone, leaving the aircraft on fire.

The fire was extinguished immediately, with no significant damage to the aircraft due to the flames. However, the attack left a large hole in the aircraft's fuselage.

The aircraft was on the ground at the time of the impact.

According to FlightRadar24.com, the Airbus A320-200 aircraft, registered HZ-FAB, was on the ground at the time of the attack. The plane, named Suhail, was received by the airline in September 2017.

The aircraft had been used for short flights to destinations such as Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh and Tabuk. The most recent flight was to Abha from Dammam, arriving at AHB at 12:30 local time. Judging by the visible damage, the aircraft will not fly again too soon.

Yemeni rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. The Houthi group, an ally of Iran, said four drones were used in the attack, which was launched in response to airstrikes on Yemen.

What will be the consequences for the airline?

The damage to the aircraft will stop flyadeal plans for the summer season 2021. The airline, launched three years ago, has high hopes of expansion in the near future. In the last 12 months, according to RadarBox.com, HZ-FAB has operated 1.441 flights and has an average of 128 flight hours per month.

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