30 Jun 2009

Child rescued from Yemenia plane crash

10:38 pm on 30 June 2009

A child has been rescued from the Yemenia plane which crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros islands.

The plane, carrying 142 passengers and 11 crew, crashed into choppy waters early on Tuesday as it approached the archipelago in bad weather.

Some bodies have also been recovered and wreckage of the Airbus 310 located. Officials do not yet know what caused the crash.

The BBC reports it has been a difficult mission for rescuers to try and reach the site. The crash happened in very rough weather in the dark and the child may not have been able to swim.

Members of the French and Comoros military were involved in the search.

The Paris airports authority said 66 French nationals were aboard the plane, which was flying the final leg of a flight taking passengers from Paris and Marseille to Comoros via Yemen. A large number of Comoros nationals were also on board.

The Airbus is believed to have been 30 minutes short of the Comros capital Moroni when it went down.

On 1 June an Air France Airbus 320 travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board.

A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the sea off the Comoros islands in 1996, killing 125 of 175 passengers and crew.