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Unread postby Ethiopians » 26 Jan 2010 15:03

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Beirut: Two more bodies were recovered on Tuesday after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing carrying 90 people plunged into the sea off Lebanon's coast shortly after take-off from Beirut the day before.

Officials said the find brought to 32 the number of bodies recovered from the crash in which all occupants of the plane are presumed to have died.

At various points along the coastline, Lebanese soldiers were seen carrying bodies, body parts and large pieces of the plane.


Lebanese media said late Tuesday that US rescue teams managed with their advanced equipment to pinpoint the location of the black box of the Ethiopian plane.
The reports said the black box was found at a depth of 500 metres and was to be recovered Wednesday.

Rescue teams meanwhile continued to scour the Mediterranean in better weather a day after the crash.

Flight 409 from Beirut to Addis Ababa lost contact with air traffic control at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport in stormy weather shortly after takeoff. Minutes later, the aircraft crashed off the coast.

Health Minister Mohammed Khalifeh said some of the bodies that have been recovered since Monday were transferred to Beirut Governmental Hospital for DNA analysis.

"We already today identified some three bodies and they were handed to their families," Khalifeh said.

A hospital source told DPA that most of the bodies taken to the hospital showed severe neck and head injuries.

A Lebanese army officer told dpa that foreign rescue teams using advanced equipment had pinpointed the exact location of the crash.

He said rescuers believe the bodies of the remaining victims were still strapped in their seats inside what was left of the plane.

Initial information from air traffic control tower recordings indicate that the airliner appeared to have flown into a violent storm.

"A traffic control recording shows that the tower told the pilot to turn to avoid the storm, but the plane went in the opposite direction," Defence Minister Elias Murr said. "We do not know what happened or whether it was beyond the pilot's control."

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'Sabotage' Not Ruled Out Altogether in Ethiopian Plane Crash

Unread postby ኦሽንoc » 27 Jan 2010 14:46


'Sabotage' Not Ruled Out Altogether in Ethiopian Plane Crash

[font=Arial]Hypotheses and speculations mounted about a "sabotage" action in the Ethiopian plane crash which plunged into the Mediterranean sea in stormy weather earlier this week with 90 passengers and crew on board feared dead.[/font]
[font=Arial]The Ethiopian plane crash which plunged into the Mediterranean sea in stormy weather earlier this week with 90 passengers and crew on board is likely a "deliberate" attack, some media reports said Wednesday.[/font]

[font=Arial]While the daily al-Liwaa said the crash is likely a "deliberate" attack, pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat did not rule out "sabotage" after the disaster presumably killed all 90 passengers and crew.[/font]

[font=Arial]OTV, meanwhile, which is close to Hizbullah and is reputed to have strong ties with Hizbullah circles, cited official circles as saying that the Ethiopian plane was likely hit by a rocket.[/font]

[font=Arial]Al-Liwaa based its hypothesis on Hizbullah's heightened concern about the catastrophe and the fact that a Hizbullah delegation, including Hashem Safieddine and MP Nawar al-Sahili, was supposed to be on the plane.[/font]

[font=Arial]It said the trip was cancelled at the last minute upon instructions by Speaker Nabih Berri to allow Sahili to attend a parliamentary session scheduled for Monday.[/font]

[font=Arial]Berri, however, called off the meeting after the plane crash disaster.[/font]

[font=Arial]Al-Liwaa also pointed to Hizbullah's noteworthy presence in the funeral of one of the plane victims identified as Hassan Tajeddine in the southern town of Hanaway.[/font]

[font=Arial]It said Tajeddine had close ties with Hizbullah.[/font]

[font=Arial]However, a communique issued by Hizbullah strongly denied Al Liwaa's report and said it was "totally unbased."[/font]

[font=Arial]"The newspaper used some atmospheres related to the trip of MP Nawwar al-Sahili to publish a totally unbased scenario," added Hizbullah's communique.[/font]
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[font=Arial]Navigation sources, meanwhile, told Asharq al-Awsat that "all possibilities are open."[/font]

[font=Arial]They said an "explosion" likely took place on the plane, pointing out that lightning by itself cannot bring down an aircraft.[/font]

[font=Arial]The sources also raised the possibility that the lightning hit the plane in a "sensitive area" that, together with human and technical errors, led to the crash.[/font]

[font=Arial]Witnesses said the aircraft was in flames as it dropped into the sea.[/font]

[font=Arial]Lebanese leaders, including President Michel Suleiman, Defense Minister Elias Murr and Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi, have ruled out sabotage in the plane crash.

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4 Lebanese Bodies Handed Over to Families

Unread postby ኦሽንoc » 27 Jan 2010 14:48


4 Lebanese Bodies Handed Over to Families


Image[font=Arial]The bodies of the plane crash victims Julia al-Hajj, Anis Safa, Haidar Marji, and Tony al-Zakhem were handed over Wednesday afternoon to their families at Rafik Hariri state hospital.[/font]
[font=Arial]However, the family of the identified plane crash victim Mohammed Kreik refused to receive his body until the rest of the family's victims get identified.[/font]

[font=Arial]"We have closed the file of the bodies which had been previously moved to Rafik Hariri state hospital and we have not received any additional bodies today," Health Minister Mohammed Jawad Khalife told reporters in front of Rafik Hariri state hospital.[/font]

[font=Arial]Earlier, Khalife said health authorities have received about 20 human body parts that will be sent for DNA tests.[/font]
[font=Arial]He added that among the 14 bodies that had so far been retrieved were five Ethiopians.[/font]
[font=Arial]Regarding Ethiopian victims, Khalife said both Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Consulate will bring in DNA samples from the victims' families to determine parentage[/font]

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Ethiopian, Lebanese community relations sour after crash

Unread postby ኦሽንoc » 28 Jan 2010 20:17

Ethiopian, Lebanese community relations sour after crash

Web forums see a flurry of accusations hurled on either side

BEIRUT: As investigations continue into the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Monday, relations between the Ethiopian and Lebanese communities seem to be under strain. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET409 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea just minutes after taking off from Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport during a heavy thunderstorm early morning.
Some 90 passengers were aboard, including 54 Lebanese and 30 Ethiopian nationals, seven of whom were crew members. No survivors have been found, though a number of bodies have been pulled from the water.
Officials from both countries have remained diplomatic in the face of the disaster, with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Health Minister Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh paying their condolences at the Ethiopian Consulate. But not everyone has been so courteous.
After Lebanon’s Transport and Public Works Minister Ghazi Aridi suggested Tuesday pilot error could have caused the crash, several Lebanese media outlets carried stories inferring Ethiopia was to blame.
“The aviation discipline is such that when there is an accident, you don’t rush to conclusions, you have to wait for the investigation to be completed,” Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake told reporters on Tuesday following Aridi’s comments. “Rushing remarks, I don’t think … helps anybody.”
Message boards on Lebanese and Ethiopian websites have seen a flurry of activity, with tersely-worded accusations being hurled on either side. One commentator on the Al-Arabiya website said they believed “the Lebanese government is looking for a scapegoat” to cover up for poor airport safety.
On Monday night a regional broadcaster conducted a live interview outside the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where bodies of the passengers are being taken. A bereaved Ethiopian who accidently walked into shot was quickly dragged out of view by the television crew.
At the hospital grounds Thursday, a group of Ethiopian women gathered to wait for news of their friends. They initially said they had been treated well by the Lebanese following the plane crash but later said they were being ignored. “There are too many problems here,” said one woman who wished to be identified as Kelile. “Many of our friends aren’t being allowed to come to the hospital. The employer of one of our friends didn’t even tell her that her sister had been onboard.”
There are around 20,000 Ethiopian migrant workers in Lebanon, mostly women who work as live-in house-keepers or nannies. According to many of those gathered outside the hospital, many of those who perished on Monday were workers who were returning home after finishing their contracts in Lebanon. Others were escaping abusive employers. “The friend I had on the plane was just released from prison,” one woman told The Daily Star, declining to identify herself or her friend. Her friend spent nine months in prison because her papers were not in order.
Pathologist Ahmad al-Muqdad told OTV the Lebanese would accept DNA samples from the Ethiopian Consulate in Beirut to help identify Ethiopian victims on board, but did not say whether genetic data would be sent to Ethiopia.
“I had friends on the plane,” said Ethiopian freelance worker Desta (not her real name). “They worked hard in Lebanon and some weren’t treated well by their employers. It makes me so sad to think how much they suffered here and then, on their way home, to have this happen.”
Desta said she’d heard from other members of her community that relatives of Ethiopian passengers were put in a separate waiting room at Beirut’s international airport following the crash. “It’s as if we’ll contaminate them [the Lebanese],” she said. “But everyone is suffering. Don’t the Ethiopian families deserve respect too?”

Source:TheDailyStar

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Re: Ethiopian jet crashes off Beirut

Unread postby ኦሽንoc » 28 Jan 2010 20:29


Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoun Misfin with Prime Minister Saad Hariri

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The Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines, H.E. Seyoum Mesfin, and the Minister of Transport and Communications of Ethiopia, H.E. Deriba Kuma accompanied by the Director General of Ethiopian Civil Aviation left for Beirut last night to pay a visit to the accident scene and to discuss with the Labanese senior officials on the continued search and rescue efforts of ET-409. Today, the delegates discussed with senior government officials.
The search and rescue team has secured an area, spreading over a radius of 35 kilometers from the shore. Since the start of the search, the team has found some wreckage of the aircraft.
Today, a special investigation team comprising of members from the Lebanese Civil Aviation Authority, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has been formed. An additional team consisting of seven working experts from concerned authorities and organization has also been established.
Although we hear of reports that are suggesting a variety of possible causes, we ask everybody to refrain from speculating on the potential cause of the accident until the investigation is complete. Ethiopian has established family assistance centers in Beirut, Addis Ababa, and other stations in Africa where passengers were destined to. Ethiopian will provide air transport and hotel accommodations in Beirut for family members who want to travel to Lebanon and help identify the victims.
The airline would like to thank all those parties assisting in rescue efforts, but particularly the Lebanese authorities who have worked so diligently and compassionately during this difficult period.
Ethiopian Airlines is regularly monitoring the developments of the search efforts and continues to release relevant information on same as they become available.
Information can be found at:- +251 11 517 8766, +251 91 150 1248, +251 91 125 5577, +251 91 120 3412 or our toll free number +251 11 662 0062

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Giouanni Francioni, the husband of missing Ethiopian Airlines air hostess Soble Wengel, holds a picture of Wengel and their one-year-old son Johnathan at their home in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa January 27, 2010. Wengel was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the Mediterranean sea off the Lebanese coast on Monday morning.







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