Sunday, January 24, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes into Mediterranean 85 people are feared dead

Some 85 people are feared dead after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed into the Mediterranean sea shortly after taking off from Beirut airport.

The plane, said to be a Boeing 737, disappeared off the radar shortly after takeoff.

An airline official said contact was lost about 45 minutes after the early morning departure.

About 50 of the passengers were Lebanese nationals, most of the others were Ethiopians, airline sources said. There were thought to be seven crew members.

According to one source, residents on the coast saw a plane on fire crashing.