90 feared dead as Ethiopian Airlines 737 crashes into Med
Sea in flames early today just minutes after takeoff from Beirut, authorities
said. At least 12 bodies were recovered as rescuers searched the stormy waters.
the passengers as 54 Lebanese, 22 Ethiopians, one Iraqi, one Syrian, one Canadian
of Lebanese origin, one Russian of Lebanese origin, a French woman and two Britons
of Lebanese origin. Among them was the wife of the French ambassador in Beirut.
weather, with crackling thunder, lightning and pouring rain.
capital Addis Ababa, said Ghazi Aridi, the public works and transportation minister.
He added that the plane went down about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) off the Lebanese
according to the French embassy.
slammed into the shore and rain lashed the coast.
12 bodies have been recovered so far and airplane debris was found.
no information on the fate of those on board or about the cause of the crash.
He said the aircraft had been serviced on Dec. 25 and passed inspection.
to CIT Aerospace were not immediately returned Monday.
many of them crying and hugging. Officials led them into a VIP area. Lebanese
Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced a day of mourning and closed schools and
the transportation minister, identified the passengers as 54 Lebanese, 22 Ethiopians,
one Iraqi, one Syrian, one Canadian of Lebanese origin, one Russian of Lebanese
origin, a French woman and two Britons of Lebanese origin.
discrepancy could not immediately be explained.
jet was first introduced in the 1960s, and today is the workhorse on many short-
and medium-range routes.
linked to a valve in the rudder assembly. This reportedly would malfunction and
cause the rudder to turn independently of the pilot’s commands.
ordered to carry out inspections and upgrades of the critical rudder control systems.
to other African airlines, with two notable crashes in more than 20 years.
Indian Ocean when it ran out of fuel in November 1996, killing 126 of the 175
people aboard. The plane had just left Addis Ababa when three hijackers stormed
the cockpit and demanded to be taken to Australia.
when it ran into a flock of birds, killing 31 of the 104 people on board.