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Monday, January 25, 2010

Ethiopian Airliner Crashes Off Lebanese Coast with 90 Passengers on Board - Video Report 1/25/10

An Ethiopian Airliner with 90 passengers on board has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast of Lebanon. The plane took off from Beirut and was headed to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia when is crashed shortly after takeoff. The BBC reports 21 bodies have been recovered, and there are no reports of survivors:
The Boeing 737 bound for Addis Ababa in Ethiopia fell into the Mediterranean in a ball of fire with 90 people on board.

The Foreign Office said one British national and one with dual nationality were on board Flight ET409.

No further details about the two people would be released until next of kin had been informed, it added.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "Our thoughts are with the families of all those involved in this tragedy."

At least 21 bodies have been recovered, and there has been no news of anyone surviving the crash.

An RAF helicopter, based in Cyprus, has joined the Lebanese authorities' search-and-rescue operation.

Ethiopian Airlines chief executive Ato Girma Wake said a team of eight people from Derbyshire-based crisis management company Blake Emergency Services, which specialises in airline incidents, was travelling to Beirut.

The airline said there had been 82 passengers and 8 crew on board the flight.

The passenger list included two Britons, 51 Lebanese, 23 Ethiopians, and one person each from Canada, France, Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq. . . . MORE


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