The flight data recorder, a.k.a black box, of ET 409 was located after four days of extensive search on Thursday, January 28, 2010, after radio frequency signals were detected from a depth of 1,300 metres under the Mediterranean Sea. Until our press time on Saturday morning, however, retrieving the box was reported to have eluded the search team. The black box, say Lebanese officials, might be hard to retrieve if it has been separated from the fuselage of the B737-800. It would take days to retrieve the box anyway, said Ghazi Aridi, Lebanese minister for Transport; the box was beyond the reach of divers and would require sea-bed combing submarines, he was quoted by the Daily Star, a newspaper of Lebanon. The accident which took the aircraft down into the Mediterranean Sea purportedly left no survivors among the 90 people who were on board, and so far only 25 bodies have been discovered, including an agent of Ethiopia’s security agency (antihijack personnel) who was aboard ET 409. The Ethiopian passengers were mostly domestics in Beirut, who were on their way to visit family here. One of them was released from prison in Lebanon, after kept under custody for nine months. Pictured above is Habtamu Benti under his aircraft, the Fokker 50, taken in 2007 upon his return to Jimma Airport, after having diverted to land at Assosa Airport, in Benishangul Gumuz, due to inclement weather and a muddy runway (Read more-ADDIS FORTUNE)
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