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Black boxes from Lebanon plane crash found

world Updated: Jan 28, 2010 10:47 IST

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A search team has found the black boxes from an Ethiopian aircraft that crashed off the Lebanese coast with 90 people on board, all presumed dead, a military spokesman told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The boxes were found 10 kilometres west of the airport, 1,300 meters below the surface of the sea," the spokesman told AFP yesterday. "We have not yet reached them, however."

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409, bound for Addis Ababa, crashed into the Mediterranean minutes after takeoff from Beirut at 2:37 am (local time) during a raging thunderstorm on Monday.

All passengers and crew of the Boeing 737-800 are feared dead, but only 14 bodies and some body parts have been recovered so far.