90 feared dead as Ethiopian plane crashes after take off from Lebanon

January 25, 2010

(ChattahBox) – An Ethiopian jet carrying 90 passengers and crew has plunged into the Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon after takeoff in stormy weather.   Witnesses reported seeing a ball of fire as the Boeing 737-800, plunged into the sea early on Monday local time. The aircraft bound for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, was carrying 82 passengers, including small children, and eight crew, Ethiopian Airlines said. Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi told reporters at Beirut International Airport today Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 lost contact with the airport control tower shortly after takeoff and crashed into the sea about 12 kilometres south of the airport this morning.  The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but police ruled out terrorism and said the crash was likely weather-related.  Reports are some bodies have been recovered but search-and-rescue efforts were being hampered by adverse weather conditions.

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