Lebanon minister: Pilot in crash flew opposite way

By AP
January 26, 2010 12:01

 
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The pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut performed "a very fast and strange turn before disappearing from the radar," Lebanon's transportation minister said Tuesday.

All 90 people on board were feared dead after the plane went down in flames around at 2:30 a.m. Monday, during a night of lightning and thunderstorms.

Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi told The Associated Press that the pilot flew in the opposite direction than recommended by the Beirut control tower after taking off.

The tower "asked him to correct his path but he did a very fast and strange turn before disappearing completely from the radar," Aridi said.

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