Flight Update: Ethiopian Death Toll Rising
By nightfall tonight, 34 bodies have been recovered.
Investigative crews sort through baby sandals, and airplane parts drifting ashore. People are questioning why the flight was not delayed due to the storm raging at the time of takeoff.
The USS-Ramage, and US P-3 surveillance aircraft are helping with search and rescue efforts.
The plane was last serviced on Dec. 25.
Reports abound that the plane was seen to be on fire on its way down. If reports of an engine fire proved to be correct, it would have been difficult to handle at such a low altitude; but reports of a lighting strike, compounded by poor visibility and high winds compounded by a bird strike are equally as possible.