Ethiopian slams suggestion 737 crash pilots were exhausted

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Ethiopian Airlines has blasted as "unfounded and speculative" reports which suggest that the crash of a Boeing 737-800 a year ago was caused by pilot exhaustion and inexperience.

Flight ET409 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after departing Beirut for Addis Ababa on 25 January 2010, killing 82 passengers and eight crew members.

Lebanese media have claimed the crash was a result of pilot exhaustion and, controversially, inexperience. Ethiopian says it "refutes the repeated attempts" to "sway the public opinion by publishing unfounded and speculative information" over the cause of the crash.

Ethiopian adds that it "condemns the intentional effort by some Lebanese media to delude the public by disseminating baseless information".