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Ethiopian Airlines issued a statement in which it stated that it could not rule out sabotage as the cause of the January 25 crash of its ET409 flight shortly after take-off from Beirut.

Ethiopian Airlines said it was issuing the statement to guard against any speculation on the cause of the crash, the worst in the company’s history.

“The investigation is still in its early stage and the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) and the aircraft wreckage are not yet retrieved for analysis, it is therefore, too early to conclude the cause of the accident,” it said.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether the jet exploded while airborne or after it hit the water, and officials have said there will be no answers until the data from the black boxes is analyzed.

The flight data recorder (FDR) has already been recovered , was sent to Paris for analysis and the the other black box , cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was found today.

Yesterday Reuters sources were reportedly told: “The investigation team has reached an early conclusion that it was pilot error, based on the information from the black box,” in reference to the flight data recorder.

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