Search continues for Ethiopian Airlines plane crash survivors
The plane, which had 90 people on board, crashed soon after take-off from the Beirut international airport on Monday.
January 25, 2010 8:22 by Ben Flanagan
An international task force consisting of planes and ships from Lebanon, the US, France and other countries are conducting search and rescue operations across the Lebanese coast for possible survivors of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash which took place on Monday. The Boeing 737-800 plane, which had 90 passengers and crew on board, crashed shortly after it took off from the Beirut international airport during a thunder storm and heavy rain.
At least 30 bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean sea so far, and Girma Wake, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, told reporters that the Lebanese authorities were not very hopeful of finding survivors. Witnesses said that the plane, flying to Addis Ababa, was in flames as it fell from the sky.
Lebanese authorities have ruled out a terrorist attack.