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What Caused the Ethiopian Boeing 737 to Crash?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 27, 2010

There are still no answers as to what caused an Ethiopian Airlines jet to crash into the Mediterranean just off the coast of Lebanon early this morning, killing 90 people.

The Boeing 737 passenger jet took off in bad weather from the airport in Beirut heading for Addis Abeba in Ethiopia.

The jet went up in flames shortly after take-off and plunged into the sea with 90 people on board.

The plane crashed only four minutes after starting out on its journey at 2.30 am local time (1.30 am Central European Time).

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud noise and seeing a ball of fire in the sky. Then the Boeing 737 crashed into the middle of the sea.

A police spokesman ruled out a terror attack as the cause of the accident.

A spokesman for the airport said that the plane was clearly hit by lightning. “The weather really was very bad”, confirmed the transport minister Ghazi al-Aridi.

But German Aerospace Centre spokesman, Andreas Schuetz, said: “It is still much too early – it is nearly impossible to name the exact reason or to rule out something just a few hours after such an event”.

Lightning alone can not cause a plane to crash” said Schuetz, “it can only be a part of various other circumstances”

Source: Bild-Germany

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