Ethiopian Airlines says all crash bodies recovered – Reuters

February 24th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopian Airlines says all 90 bodies have been recovered from the aircraft that crashed off Lebanon last month, and insisted it was too early to say what caused the disaster. (more…)

Ethiopian Airlines says all 90 bodies have been recovered from the aircraft that crashed off Lebanon last month, and insisted it was too early to say what caused the disaster.

The Boeing 737-800 crashed minutes after taking off from Beirut en route to Addis Ababa in stormy weather on January 25.

“All bodies of the victims from the ET-409 accident have now been recovered and identified,” the airline said in a statement.

“Arrangements are being made to repatriate bodies of the Ethiopian and other nationals to their countries.”

A source familiar with the crash investigation said earlier this month that the team had concluded that pilot error was to blame. Lebanese media outlets echoed that report on Monday.

Ethiopian Airlines earlier this month said it still had not ruled out sabotage.

The airline said vital information and facts were still missing and any indication of the cause of the crash would be “speculative, incorrect and misleading”.

The Lebanese Army said the plane broke up in mid-air before plummeting into the sea. Witnesses described it as crashing in a ball of flames.

Lebanese, French and Ethiopian officials are in France analysing the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

Lebanese officials say the pilot failed to respond to the control tower’s instruction to change direction, even though he acknowledged the request.

The plane made an unexpected sharp turn before disappearing off the radar, the Lebanese transport minister said at the time.

The eight-year-old plane, carrying mostly Lebanese and Ethiopian passengers, last had a maintenance check on December 25 and no technical problems were reported.

  1. Enne
    | #1

    It broke up in the air due to a pilot error? Please…I have a strong suspicion that it is a foreign object intervention: lightening, debris or interference with a ballistic trajectory…if you know what I mean.

  2. Thison
    | #2

    For God’s sake , do not blame the pilotes for the simple reason they are not around us. Instead we can do our reasrch around Hazebulla’s long and fatty hand. Ethiopia’s air line must take a serious controll mechanism in most arab’s countries . 1. EAL must have it’s plane cleaners after landing.2. EAL must assign some one in side plane after landing till it will leave that land.3. EAL must arrange it’s bagguges controllers in all arab’s and other muslims countries. only with this controll mechanism EAL can avoid such an accident.

  3. kTz
    | #3

    Dear Tsion. Good say in your first comment. As to your second one, i did not like those “pre-cautions” especially with the አረብስ and also no.3 which says ሙስሊም ሃገራት. for two main reasons. 1. what is the very reason behind your and many others’ suspect as far as እነርሱ conserned. we have to solve the basic problem. In addition to this,እነርሱ are closer to us than any others even the so called ዌስተርን and we had much ታሪካዊ things in common. Everything happens not just becaus it is መካ. ምስ. 2. Is it affordable, legally acceptable, convinient? This does not help apart from drawing even more attention. 3. Note that most of ET flights are Africa – ADD- Mid.East and the other way, hence most of the revenue from mid range flights. If we are to fear terrorist attacks in the future targetting Ethiopian,(also if we suspect this has to do with ET409) we need to seek answers for the question “why” , which might be, at least in my opinion, rooted in the politics and policy of our government especially in the past few years. The rest is useless. You can do nothing about a person who is tired of life, who lives to die killing others, if it comes to happen. Otherwise,እነርሱም (ዌስተርን )አልቻሉአቸውም::

    My comment is that we are left with little chance to know the real cause of ET409. Let assume, the truth is pilot error. Leaving, the actual investigation aside, can we trust this in relation to those inconsistent statements circulated during first days of the accident, such as those by
    1. Eye witnesses (air plane in ball of fire)
    2. Lebanesse Army (plane caught fire shortly after take-off)
    3. Lebanesse health Ministers (plane exploded in the air)
    4. Transport ministers (many inconsistencie with in it self)
    5. Air Traffic control (the pilot flew wrong-but the crash site was located on the route of the plane and also 4 minute flight)
    The way the investigation was undertaken especially the situation in which the CVR was retrieved. on 27 january, signals from FDR came from 1300-1500 meter depth which latter anounced 45 meteres. All these pinpoint a tendency to defend something and allegedly adher to another account instead of knowing actual cause. Whom we trust then? The Lebaness are the first to give the speculations followed by many other analysts and medias. The Lebanese Authorities who are mainly responsible in their air and coastal zone, are also the first to mention of sabottage where they ruled it out, even though the reason for this was not known. The Ethiopian Side, we do not know how deeply they are involved in the recovary and investigation execept some recent statements appear they are defending the facts in the “preliminary report”. Either, they need to have their own way to evidence their claim or is it just a clainm to defend blindly.

    Waiting for the full report, which i do not expect it is admitted by all parties (for those reasons i mentioned above like the controversial nature of the recovery and investigation process it self and tendency of both governments and the airlines towards the truth), the real cause of the crash may take time to come to light. The BEA, a French investigator, in this regard, should discharge its responsibilities produce an account that can convince the international community and there by prove its reliability.
    Both the Ethiopian and Lebanese have to adher to the ICAO codes for aviation safety and accident investigation in the future. The Ethiopian company should scrutinize those flights which are affected by the past tragedy, mean while.

  4. Yinegal
    | #4

    With an extended elaboration I thought KTZ is saying the same thing what Tsion said, except for the word “Arabs.” I don’t see the reason you (KTZ) scared of this people. They already made the damage any way. EAL has to stretch the mechanism to scrutinize from cleaning to checking-in in detail. The closed assessment you shared us even end, remembering it was “if” still, on blaming the pilot, what will you say if that is their mistake, as it is expected comes from internal political problem? Tip. Complaining on Arabs is not blaming Islam’s by the way, if one excited with it, pacific is a big ocean let him dive in it.

  5. Yinegal
    | #5

    KTZ I raise my issue…I didn’t get a chance to see the followings

    “Waiting for the full report, which i do not expect it is admitted by all parties (for those reasons i mentioned above like the controversial nature of the recovery and investigation process it self and tendency of both governments and the airlines towards the truth), the real cause of the crash may take time to come to light. The BEA, a French investigator, in this regard, should discharge its responsibilities produce an account that can convince the international community and there by prove its reliability.
    Both the Ethiopian and Lebanese have to adher to the ICAO codes for aviation safety and accident investigation in the future. The Ethiopian company should scrutinize those flights which are affected by the past tragedy, mean while.” That is a quit answer…

    ጤና ይስጥልኝ
    በጨር ይግጠመን

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