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Black box find could provide clue to Beirut jet crash

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Black box find could provide clue to Beirut jet crash

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Search teams have retrieved one of the flight recorders belonging to an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed off the coast of Lebanon last month, killing all 90 people on board.

The Boeing 737 came down moments after taking off from Beirut airport during a thunderstorm.

Security officials say Navy commandos have recovered a black box which will now be handed over to crash investigators in France.

It is hoped the flight recorder will provide a clearer picture on why the pilot failed to respond to a request by the control tower that the plane change direction.

The aircraft made a sharp turn before plunging in a ball of fire into the sea.

At least 15 bodies have been recovered since the crash. The passengers were mostly Lebanese or Ethiopian.