An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane with 90 people on board has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea close to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, prompting a search and rescue operation by Lebanese and UN ships and aircraft.
The Boeing 737 disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Beirut airport to Addis Ababa, during a night of rain and lightning storms. Witnesses said they saw it fall into the sea in flames.
Debris from Flight ET409 were washed ashore, including passenger seats, a fire extinguisher and bottles of medicine.
Distraught relatives waited for news in the airport's VIP lounge. The plane was carrying 83 passengers and seven crew. Most of those on board were Lebanese or Ethiopian, but there were also several Europeans.
More than 20 bodies were later pulled from the sea.
The relatives have received little information about their loved ones, although officials have stressed that there are unlikely to be any survivors.
Lebanese ministers are now co-ordinating the search and rescue operation from the airport.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but there has been speculation that it may have been struck by lightning.
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