Authorities say at least 23 bodies have been recovered after an Ethiopian Airlines jet plunged into the Mediterranean Sea after takeoff.
The Boeing 737 had about 90 people aboard when it was seen going down in flames minutes after leaving the airport in Beirut, Lebanon early today.
Helicopters and naval ships have been searching for survivors amid high waves and heavy rain, but no one has been found alive. Pieces of the plane and debris have been washing ashore, including passenger seats, a fire extinguisher and bottles of medicine.
The cause of the crash is not immediately known, though Lebanon's president says terrorism is not suspected. Lebanon has been slammed by stormy weather since Sunday, with crackling thunder, lightning and driving rain.
The plane was en route to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. An embassy official says the passengers include the wife of France's ambassador to Lebanon.
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