Black box of crashed air­liner re­cov­ered


BEIRUT — Le­banon’s marine com­man­dos on Sun­day re­cov­ered the black box of the Ethiopian Air­lines jet that crashed into the Mediter­ranean last month, a Le­banese army of­fi­cer said.

The Boe­ing 737 crashed Jan. 25 min­utes af­ter take­off from Beirut dur­ing a fierce thun­der­storm. All 90 peo­ple on board died.

Analysing data stored in the black box is crit­i­cal to de­ter­min­ing the cause of the crash.

The of­fi­cer said the black box was “care­fully” pulled out and taken Sun­day to a Le­banese naval base in Beirut. He spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly to the me­dia.

Passenger jets carry two black boxes — a data flight recorder and a cock­pit voice recorder.

The two are usu­ally lo­cated in the rear of a plane, the area most likely to sur­vive a crash in­tact.

The two are com­monly re­ferred to as sim­ply “the black box.”

The Le­banese army of­fi­cer said he did not know if the box re­cov­ered was the data flight recorder, the cock­pit voice recorder, or both.

He said the black box would later be handed over to a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash.

On Satur­day, Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Ghazi Aridi said that once the black box is re­trieved, it will be trans­ferred to BEA in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Beirut in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional pro­vi­sions.

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