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08 February 2010 :: 14:02:43 pm 12754

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 ‘Black Boxes’ Recovered

Lebanese military officials released a press statement on Sunday, confirming that the ‘black box’ flight recorders had been recovered by salvage teams along with large parts of the planes fuselage.
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Beirut, the 7th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Ethiopian Flight 409 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon on the 25th of January 2010. All 90 passengers and crew onboard are presumed dead, with 15 bodies having been retrieved from the sea. The remaining passengers are still believed to be inside the front section of the airliner which as yet has remained undiscovered. 


Lebanese Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi released a statement explaining that one of the two ‘black box’ flight recorders had been retrieved, whilst investigations were still in progress to discover the location of the ‘cockpit voice recorder,’ and the front section of the airliner.

“If recovering the second box takes a long time, we will send the first one ahead to France for the data to be interpreted,” Mr. Aridi said. Further adding that the focus would return to the search for missing bodies after most of the plane had now been found. The rear of the plane was discovered by the salvage vessel ‘Ocean Alert’ off the coast of Na’ameh, South of Beirut.

The ‘black boxes’ were allegedly discovered under the rear section of the airliners fuselage which was located on Saturday, conflicting with previous reports that they had in fact been discovered the ‘black boxes’ last week. A joint investigation is currently underway between Lebanese Technical officers and the BEA, France’s accident investigation agency, to determine the reasons behind planes crash.

Experts have repeatedly declared that stormy weather or even a lightning strike may not have been the sole reason behind the planes crash, explaining that the plane may have suffered from engine or hydraulic problem. Lebanese officials continue to claim that the pilot was instructed by Air Traffic Control (ATC) to change his heading at which point the aircraft took a different route to the one suggested by ATC.


The recovery of the ‘black boxes’ along with the ‘cockpit voice recorder’ will hopefully unravel the contentious issues surrounding this tragedy. Once the report has been compiled it will be sent to Boeing’s Administration and Lebanese and French Authorities for examination and review.

Related News:

Submarine Required in Ethiopian Flight 409 Salvage

A Lebanese army official stated on Monday that another US vessel has been enlisted and is presently on its way to the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409. The vessel has is own submarine, which will be used to retrieve the crashed planes ‘black boxes’ and continue searching the seabed.

US Send Salvage Vessel to Ethiopian Airlines Crash Site

The US Navy has announced that it has ordered one of its salvage vessels, the USNS Grapple, to attend the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines 409, which went down on Monday off the coast of Lebanon.

Ethiopian Airlines ‘Black Box’ Flight Recorders Discovered

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Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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