x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Ambassador's wife caught in Beirut plane crash

Breaking news An Ethiopian Airlines plane with 90 people on board, including the French ambassador's wife, has crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Beirut.

The wife of France's ambassador to Lebanon was on board an Ethiopian airliner that crashed into the Mediterranean sea early this morning on take-off, a Lebanese government official and the embassy told AFP. "Among the names on the passenger list was that of Marla Sanchez Pietton, the wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon," a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. An embassy spokeswoman confirmed that the ambassador's spouse was on board. Ambassador Denis Pietton took up his post in Lebanon in September. *Agencies