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  • ET409: Course Corrected But Maybe Wrongly
    Posted by Robert Wall 12:33 PM on Jan 26, 2010

    It is still early days in the review of what happened yesterday to Ethiopian ET409, which crashed shortly after takeoff from Beirut International Airport on its way to Addis Ababa, so every datapoint needs to be viewed with the backdrop that we don't know how the pieces of the puzzle will eventually fit together, but the latest from Lebanese officials is the pilot did not heed advice from the tower.
    According to Lebanese official, the pilot was advised to make a course correction to avoid severe weather conditions. The 737-800s' course was changed, but in another direction for reasons that so far are not clear.

    The pilot had extensive experience, with more than 20 years flying various types of aircraft, Ethiopian said late yesterday.
    There are still no survivors and no word, yet, on the location of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders. The audio tapes of the ATC discussions with the pilot also have not, yet, been released.

    Tags: tw99, Ethiopian

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