Condolences poured in on Twitter after an Ethiopian Airlines jet plunged into the Mediterranean minutes after its take off from Beirut, Lebanon. All 90 people on board are presumed dead after the plane caught fire during a lightning storm and crashed into the sea.
@tsepeaces retweets an eye witness as saying:
He also tweets:
The plane was a ball of flame for a second – these are haunting words :-/ #ET409 May they all Rest in Peace!
Daily Star reporter and Huffington Post blogger Patrick Galey quotes a Lebanese man who lost 10 friends on board the flight:
Fouad Shihab, 10 friends on board: “I was meant to be on that plane and look what happened. All my friends are dead.”
In an earlier tweet, he writes:
Just returned from Rafiq Hariri airport, scenes there are terrible. No information, spoke with people who have lost entire family
Hichame Assi (@hiconomics) writes:
Very sad to hear about #ET409… I hope it's as painless as possible to all family and friends. Allah Yer7am (May God have mercy on them)
Georges Azzi, who has been following the coverage on television, wasn't impressed and tweeted:
Samer, who tweets @meetsamer, also expressed outrage at Lebanese media saying:
Amer Tabsh (@arzleb) shares similar sentiments and writes:
He also shares the hotline number for information and inquires on the crash:
Meanwhile, Tala is shaken by the news and tweets:
25 bodies have been taken out of the water, 2 of them were children. And they hardly identify any of them. R.I.P #ET409
CNN's Cal Perry was also tweeting and in one message says:
Such a sad day #et409 – tomorrow we'll try to get down to the beach. Tonight's piece from the airport. PM Hariri trying his best to console
Nathan Redd is in agony and writes:
I seriously cannot concentrate on anything today. #ET409 is the only thing on my mind today. My heart is broken.
And @nightS sums up the day saying:
It's a very sad and horrible day :( #ET409