Cause of Flight 409 tragedy still unknown

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Cause of Flight 409 tragedy still unknown

26th January 2010

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines flight 409 tragedy, after the plane crashed into the Mediterranean sea shortly after take off on 25 January killing all 90 people on board.

Stormy weather or sabotage are being cited in the aviation world as possible factors in the crash off the coast of Beirut.

Katherine Allen of Fentons Solicitors LLP, who represents passengers and their families following aviation incidents, said there was still no evidence to suggest what caused the Boeing 737-800 airliner to hit the Mediterranean minutes after take-off.

"We understand that attention is focused on powerful thunder storms in the area and the possibility that an explosion could have caused the sudden end to the flight," said Katherine. "While it has been reported that the aeroplane took off during a heavy rainstorm, it is still too early to identify the cause."

Crew members were reportedly talking to their departure control colleagues when their transmissions stopped, which could suggest that the aircraft suddenly broke up or equally that they were too busy handling an emergency to transmit a message.

There was heavy rain and a line of thunderstorms were positioned off the coast, along the route of the aeroplane as it climbed out of Beirut. Pilots would normally avoid the violent thunder clouds, but these have been known to bring down airliners in the past.

"The loss of life in circumstances such as these is tragic," said Katherine. "It is crucial that answers are forthcoming soon, so that bereaved relatives are reassured the investigation into the accident has been as thorough as possible".

Source - Telegraph