Ethiopian plane's black boxes located off Lebanon

Search teams located on Wednesday the flight recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed off the coast of Lebanon two days ago with 90 people aboard.

Ethiopian plane's black boxes located off Lebanon

Search teams located on Wednesday the flight recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed off the coast of Lebanon two days ago with 90 people aboard, a security official said.

"The black boxes was located 1,300 metres underwater and 8 km west of Beirut airport," the security official told Reuters, adding that search teams now had to assess the best way to retrieve the recorders.

Flight ET409, a Boeing 737-800, was carrying mostly Lebanese and Ethiopian passengers and was heading to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The plane apparently broke up in the air before plunging in a ball of fire into the Mediterranean during a thunderstorm early on Monday.

Lebanese and international teams, including European and U.N. peacekeeping ships, helicopters, planes and divers have been scouring a search area 10 km (6 miles) out to sea and 20 km long for the plane's fuselage and more of its victims.

The security official said it was still too early to say whether the search, had also located the plane's fuselage.

"Theoretically the black boxes should be inside the plane's fuselage, but this is all speculation at the moment," he said.

The search has been hampered by rough seas and because of the uneven depth of the sea bed.

Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi said the plane made a sharp turn before disappearing off the radar. He said it was too early to draw any conclusion of pilot error.

Only 14 bodies and some body parts have been recovered since and authorities have all but given up on finding survivors.


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