NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


January 25, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board will dispatch an aviation investigator to assist the government of Lebanon in its investigation of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines B- 737-800 (ET-ANB) off the coast of Lebanon.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on January 25, the aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff.

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman has designated senior investigator Dennis Jones as the U.S. Accredited Representative. His team will include technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

The investigation is being conducted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Government of Lebanon, which will release all information on the progress of the investigation. The agency's phone number in Lebanon is (961)1628195 and the agency's email address is: dgca@beirutairport.gov.lb.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.