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'Significant lightning bolt' cited in Ethiopian crash 


Published on Jan 27, 2010

State College, Pa. -- 26 January 2010 -- reports frequent lightning was in the area of Monday morning's Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crash into the Mediterranean Sea, according to data compiled by

"A significant bolt was detected at 2:37 a.m., local time, 10 miles South of the Beirut Airport and 2.5 miles west of the coastal town of Na'ameh," said Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.

There were rain showers accompanied by a considerable amount of thunder and wind in the vicinity of Beirut at the time of the crash. Such weather is very conducive to lightning strikes.

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