Black box from crashed Ethiopian jet sent to France – (AFP)

February 9th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

One of the black boxes from an Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed on January 25 off Lebanon’s coast has been sent to France for analysis, a spokeswoman for the airline said Tuesday. (more…)

One of the black boxes from an Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed on January 25 off Lebanon’s coast has been sent to France for analysis, a spokeswoman for the airline said Tuesday.

“We cannot say when we’ll have news because it is a process and there is an investigation,” Wogayehu Terefe told AFP.

Wogayehu said more bodies had been retrieved but said they still waiting for an exact figure. Twenty three bodies had been found by Sunday.

The Lebanese navy Sunday retrieved one of the two black boxes from the plane that was flying from Beirut to Addis Ababa with 90 people on board.

Flight ET409 crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Beirut in the middle of a storm.

No survivors were found from Flight 409, and searchers have been struggling to recover bodies from the crash as most victims were believed to be still strapped to their seats.

The probe is being carried out by a Lebanese commission with support from a French body responsible for technical investigations into air accidents.

American and Ethiopian investigators are also involved.

  1. Joseph
    | #1

    Dear all & Pro-democracy webiste masters!

    The Lebanese authorities are intentionally trying to point their fingers at the crew to overcome their own shortcomings and unprofessional handling of the take off under adverse whether condition. For that they pay Reuters, CNN, Aljazeera etc to make their version of the story popular. The pro-democracy websites really shouldn’t join in the Lebanese authorities’ unfair campaign.

    Also, they haven’t found the flight voice recorder (FVR) of the Black Box! So far it is only the data recorder that has been found and sent to France. Because it is the Lebanese Navy which is involved primarily in the search, I am suspicious of the fact that they can easily wait for the 30 days since the crash so that the battery power of the Black Box (voice recorder) dies in which case it will be undetectable. This will help the Lebanese Air Traffic controllers as their conversation with the crew during takeoff won’t be known. In this way they will consolidate what they have been saying i.e. “pilot error”

    The speculation that the plane was hit in the air by opponents of Hezbollah is another story that interested groups want to diffuse. Remember this story is not something that we ignore as the plane was in flames (exploded in the air) before it has touched the sea water. This is not only the case of investigatng the black boxes.

    The Lebanese and the so called Ethiopian authorities should launch an independent comprehensive enquiry team into this investigation, where the concerned parties are represented. The current team of investigation is not sufficient to reveal the truth. In the mean time the Lebanese authorities shouldn’t circulate speculations, propaganda, and campaign to keep their hands clean at the expense of the Ethiopian. This is ignoring their racist sentiment and culture that has been exposed to the world on this occasion.

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