On 21st April a SriLankan Airbus A320neo sustained major damage to its left horizontal stabilizer, after being hit by a ground vehicle at Male Velana International Airport, Maldives.

The 4-year-old aircraft, with registration 4R-ANB, was parked on the tarmac after performing flight UL115 from Colombo, Sri Lanka arriving at 13:13 local time after a one hour flight. It was scheduled to operate the return flight UL116 departing at 15:05, however, according to FlightRadar24, the aircraft has remained on the ground.

In the below photos you can see the extent of the damage to the left horizontal stabilizer.

According to SriLankan Airlines, The SriLankan Engineering team based in Malé is working to replace the affected parts and return the aircraft to service.

SriLankan Airlines currently has an all Airbus fleet, with 13 aircraft in service and another 11 parked up. The A320neo that suffered the incident was one out of of only two A320neo’s that Srilankan has in service.

Sri Lankan Airlines UL115 flight (by FlightRadar24)