Crashed Ethiopian jet`s second black box found

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 22:33

Beirut: Divers retrieved on Wednesday the cockpit
voice recorder from an Ethiopian jet that crashed off the
Lebanese coast last month killing 90 people, Transport
Minister Ghazi Aridi said.

"We have recovered the second black box from the
Ethiopian plane and it will be handed over to investigators in
France," Aridi told agency.
The Lebanese navy retrieved the first black box, the
flight data recorder, on Sunday, and it was also sent to
France.

The Lebanese government said it was still in the dark as
to what caused the January 25 crash and dismissed as
inaccurate reports of pilot error.

"We have not yet received the official report, and all
that is being reported as data from the black boxes is
inaccurate," Information Minister Tareq Mitri said today.

"It is not acceptable that hypotheses be spun up every
time the technical team secures a piece of information," Mitri
added.
A probe into the mysterious crash is being carried out by
a Lebanese commission with support from a French body that
investigates air accidents. US and Ethiopian investigators are
also involved.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 plunged into the
Mediterranean just minutes after take-off from Beirut airport
during a fierce storm.

The Boeing 737-800 was bound for Addis Ababa with 83
passengers and seven crew on board.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 22:33

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