A fierce storm is the apparent cause of the crash of an Ethiopian airliner into the Mediterranean Sea during take-off from Beirut airport, Lebanon's defence minister Elias Murr said.
Ninety people were on board the Ethopian Airlines Boeing 737 that was heading to Addis Ababa.
"Bad weather was apparently the cause of the crash," Murr told reporters. "We have ruled out foul play so far."
Murr added: "We will continue search operations in the hope of finding survivors.,, We are seeking to recover the black box and the recording between the control tower and the pilot to determine what happened."