Search and rescue teams off the coast of Lebanon have recovered two bodies from the site of the crashed Ethiopian airlines. The jet fell from the sky shortly after take off from Beirut airport.
The crash happened in bad weather in the early hours of the morning. According to one eye-witness the plane burst into flames.
“At about 2.30 there was big ball of fire it was as big as a tent. I watched it fall into the sea between these two buildings, it landed in the sea perhaps about one kilometre from here.”
State-owned Ethiopian Airlines is a major operator in Africa and has recently expanded its activities in Asia.
83 passengers and seven crew were on board the Boeing 737 which crashed, including the wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon.
Sources in the Lebanese army have reported that there are seven survivors.