French investigators to assist Ethiopian 737 crash inquiry

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French investigation agency Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses is to participate in the inquiry into the loss of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 off the Lebanese coast.

Lebanese president Michel Suleiman stated shortly after the accident that the inquiry would seek specialist French assistance.

The BEA states that it will send two investigators to Beirut to aid the inquiry, which is being headed by Lebanese authorities.

Ethiopian flight ET409 had departed Beirut for Addis Ababa when it came down shortly after take-off.