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Ethiopian Plane Crashes Off Coast Of Lebanon; Authorities Doubt Sabotage

"An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 people crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in flames early Monday just minutes after takeoff from Beirut," the Associated Press reports. "At least 23 bodies were recovered as rescuers searched the stormy waters."

Though the cause of the crash isn't yet known, there was thunder, lightning and pouring rain in the area last night. The AP says that Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said terrorism was not suspected. "Sabotage is ruled out as of now," he said.

From Beirut, Don Duncan reports for NPR News that "eyewitnesses describe seeing a fireball descend into the sea as Ethiopian Airlines flighr 409 crashed shortly after takeoff this morning."