Ethiopian Airlines : Crash boeing 737-800 ET-ANB near Beirut

Monday 25th January, 2010

Ethiopan Airlines flight 409 (ET409) from Beirut to Addis Abeba crashed into the Mediterrean Sea after take-off.

All 82 passengers and 8 crew, 90  people are feared dead.

Most of those on board were Lebanese or Ethiopian, and two Britons were also on the passenger list.

Beirut airport

The other passengers included citizens of Turkey, France, Russia, Canada, Syria and Iraq, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement on its website.

Among them was the wife of the French ambassador in Beirut, Marla Pietton.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 caught fire after departing Beirut Airport in heavy weather, and vanished in sea southwest of the Libanese capital, some 5 minutes into flight.

The flight had left Beirut International Airport at 2:30 am, 20 minutes past schedule,  for a 4 hours and  40 minute flight to Addis Abeba’s Bole Airport.

Ethiopian Airlines operates the youngest fleet in Africa, and owns 3 boeings of the 737-800 series, and ordered 10 new ones in january 2010.

The airplane  was registered as ET-ANB. It entered service for Ethiopian Airlines

in september 2009. Before, it had been stored for 5 months, after it has left the fleet of Ryanair in april 2009.

The aircraft was deliverd to Ryanair in february 2002 en serviced Ryanair till april 2009 with registration EI-CSW .

ET-ANB (Ethiopian Airlines) ex EI-CSW (Ryanair)ET-ANB (Ethiopian Airlines)  ex. EI-CSW (Ryanair)

Lebanon’s Transport Minister Ghazi al-Aridi said rescue workers have located the crash site of the plane just off the Lebanese coast.”The crash site has been identified three-and-a-half km west of the coastal village of Na’ameh,” Aridi told reporters at Beirut international airport.

The weather conditions at the time of the crash :

Beirut
Cloudy with heavy rain and thunderstorms in the morning Period.
Hi: 16°
Lo: 11°
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