Lebanon's transport minister
says preliminary study of voice recordings indicates cause of crash of
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 was "human error".
Minister Ghazi Aridi reported
on Saturday that the examination of the black boxes aboard the flight bound for
Addis Ababe when it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 25, claiming the
lives of all 90 passengers and crew, leads the investigators in Paris to
conclude that the voices on the machine recording the conversation between the Ethiopian
pilot and the air traffic controller at Rafic Hariri International Airport in
Beirut indicate human error.
Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) has disputed
the statements from Lebanese officials saying they are "premature, and unlawful".
EAL Chief Operating Officer, Desta Zeru tells VOA news reports that alluded to
pilot error was the cause of the accident are mere speculation.
"The two black boxes have been
recovered and are being studied. We have not yet finalized the investigation
since there are remaining data that need to be incorporated," Desta Zeru said.
to EAL's response to Lebanon's "preliminary findings" on the top-right hand
side of this page.