Skip to comments.Ethiopian Airline crash off Beirut was an act of Al-Qaeda terror
Posted on 02/10/2010 7:46:13 PM PST by Hockey Mom II
Evidence has reached debkafile's counter-terror sources that the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed after takeoff from Beirut on January 25, killing all 92 aboard, was blown up in mid-air. This was an al-Qaeda operation timed for one month to the day after its failed attempt to destroy an American Northwest airliner bound for Detroit. It is becoming clear that either a bomb was planted on the Ethiopian flight with a timer or a passenger acted as suicide bomber. Western security agencies in the Middle East involved in combating al Qaeda believe that its planners picked on the Ethiopian flight for more than one reason apart from the date: They had been tipped off that a group of French undercover agents, including Maria Sanchez Pietton, wife of the French ambassador to Beirut, and top Hizballah operatives, including secretary general Hassan Nasrallah, would be aboard. Mme Pietton lost her life in the crash, while the Hizballah travelers were saved by switching to another flight at the last minute. The first bodies recovered from the Mediterranean off the Lebanese town of Naama showed all the hallmarks of explosion victims: They were found strapped to their seats with their heads, hands and feet blown off and scattered, typical effects of an explosive blast. Eye-witnesses at the time heard a loud explosion and saw the plane enveloped in a ball of fire as it gained altitude after takeoff from Beirut international airport. Both France and Hizballah have denied they were targets.
Lebanese officials, led by prime minister Saad Hariri, have spent two weeks trying to hide the fact that the Ethiopian airline disaster was caused by terror. But Lebanese health minister Jawad Khalifeh gave the game away by a slip of the tongue Tuesday, Feb. 9: The plane exploded during flight and the cabin, as well as the bodies of those on board, were dispersed into the sea, in different locations, he said, trying to explain why some of the corpses were found dismembered. He then tried to correct himself by saying he "didn't mean a military explosion."
More confirmation of a terrorist hand behind the attack is found in the deep involvement of US intelligence, including the FBI, in the investigation of the disaster from the first moment. The US survey ship Ocean Alert was dispatched to the area of the crash and dropped a miniature submarine into the depths to retrieve fragments of the airliner from the seabed. A US intelligence and naval headquarters was set up at Beirut harbor to coordinate the salvage of the plane from the sea. Treating the crash as terror-related, Washington ordered the plane to be reconstructed from recovered fragments to establish the site of the explosion and its cause.
US officials are also shy of discussing the case in public and admitting the crash was caused by an act of terror. It took place on January 25, shortly after President Barack Obama said Al-Qaeda has been weakened." In an address to the American people to calm their anxieties after the Nigerian would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had failed to detonate explosives carried in his underwear. Al Qaeda's success in blowing a civilian airliner out of the sky over the Middle East proved the opposite. It therefore became the subject of a comprehensive cover-up, joined by France. Before the black box, recovered Tuesday, had even been examined, French sources announced that human error by the pilot was the cause of the Ethiopian airliner crash. debkafile's counter-terror sources recall a previous al Qaeda attack on a civilian airliner in the Middle East.
Six years ago, on January 8, 2004, an Egyptian charter blew up after takeoff at Sharm al-Sheikh for Cairo, killing all 148 French citizens aboard on their way back to Paris from a Red Sea vacation. Neither Cairo nor Paris ever admitted that the disaster was caused by terrorists
Too bad we didn’t have anyone in custody who could have given us actionable information.
I didn’t believe the original excuse, about lightening, at all.
This sounds like the truth.
< tin foil hat > I believe there’s been many instances of coverups *cough*TWA 800*cough* in which terrorism has been involved, and when I heard about the Ethiopian ‘crash’ Al-Qaeda was my first thought!< / tin foil hat >
Bodies found from Ethiopian Airlines crash
Fourteen bodies were brought to Beirut Hospital, but only one still had clear facial features, according to Lebanese Health Minister Mohammed Khalife.
Ethiopian Airlines does not rule out all possible causes including the possibility of sabotage until the final outcome of the investigation is known, the company said in a statement released in Addis Ababa.
Health Minister Mohammed Jawad Khalife clarified a statement Tuesday about the explosion of the plane while airborne and said the term explosion doesnt imply a military act.
The plane exploded during flight and the cabin, as well as the bodies of those on board were dispersed into the sea, in different locations, Khalife said earlier on Tuesday to explain why some corpses were found dismembered.
Given the source...
Commercial aircraft are each struck by lightning about once a year. Lightning travels on the skin of the plane and then shoots off a sharp point. Instruments and equipment is almost never damaged. Most of the time the crew and passengers never even notice.
Now if the Underwear Bomber KNEW this was going to happen, but because he had been Mirandized and lawyered up, remained silent, the deaths of those people are on his head.
But the blood of those people is on Obama’s hands.
What ever happened to the flight that went down in the Atlantic not too long ago that took off from Brazil? We were told that that was lightening as well.
Never heard anything more...
There were two people on the watch list on that aircraft...or so they say...
So, wife of the French Ambassador and (probably) a US citizen. Perfect Al Qaeda target.
The story had her first name wrong, Maria, not Marla, which does "fit" better with the "Sanchez".
The Walrus guy is the Ambassador.
Remember these scrotes killed FReeper BKO (Barbara Olson, wife of then Solicitor General of the US, Ted Olson)