Pilot in Beirut crash didn't follow tower's advice

Lebanese and U.N. vessels search for survivors from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the sea in Naameh, south of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. The aircraft, carrying 90 people, caught fire and crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Beirut early Monday, setting off a frantic search as rain lashed the coast and debris washed ashore. At least 23 bodies were recovered. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari) (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

January 26, 2010 5:23:21 AM PST
The pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the sea flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower after taking off from Beirut in thunderstorms, Lebanon's transportation minister said Tuesday.

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