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Airliner crashes in Indian Ocean

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    JuaKali JF-Expert Member

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    Yemeni airliner crashes in Indian Ocean

    Airbus 310 reportedly had about 150 people on board; fate unknown news services

    updated 2 hours, 35 minutes ago

    SAN'A, Yemen - A Yemenia Air plane going from the Arabian Peninsula country of Yemen to the island nation of Comoros crashed in the Indian Ocean early Tuesday, a Yemen airport official said.
    The official said the plane was going from the Yemen capital San'a to Moroni, on the main island of Grand Comore.
    An official from the Yemeni state carrier said the plane had 142 passengers, including three infants, and 11 crew on board.
    "We still do not have information about the reason behind the crash or survivors," Mohammad al-Sumairi, deputy general manager for Yemenia operations told Reuters.
    "The weather conditions were rough; strong wind and high seas. The wind speed recorded on land at the airport was 38 miles an hour. There could be other factors," he said.
    Many passengers from Paris
    The official said most of the passengers on the plane were believed to be Comoros residents returning from Paris. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
    The Comoros is an archipelago of three main islands situated about 1,800 miles south of Yemen, between Africa's southeastern coast and Madagascar.
    "The plane has crashed and we still don't know exactly where. We think it's in the area of Mitsamiouli (on Grand Comore). There were 150 passengers on board," Comoros Vice President Idi Nadhoim told Reuters from the airport at the main island's capital Moroni.
    In Paris, a crisis cell was set up at Charles de Gaulle airport.
    According to preliminary information from Paris Airports press service, a Yemenia Air Airbus 330 flew on Monday from Paris to San'a, with 147 passengers and 11 crew on board.
    After landing in the Yemeni capital, the passengers disembarked and those destined for Comoros switched planes. Sixty-seven of the original passengers were flying on to Moroni, according to the press service.
    It was unclear how many more passengers boarded the Airbus 310 in San'a and if the crew was changed as well.
    Boats begin searching
    Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from regional air security body ASECNA, said the plane had probably come down 3 to 6 miles from the coast, and civilian and military boats had been mobilized to start searching.
    "We think the crash is somewhere along its landing approach," Kassim told Reuters. "The weather is really not very favorable. The sea is very rough."
    ASECNA — the Agency for Aviation Security and Navigation in Africa and Madagascar — covers Francophone Africa.
    Interior Minister Hamid Bourhane told Reuters the army had sent small speedboats to an area between the village of Ntsaoueni and the airport.
    "At the moment we don't have any information about whether there are any survivors," he told Reuters.
    Paris Airports said the plane Monday from Paris also stopped in the French city of Marseille, which has a large Comoros community. There, it picked up additional crew, but Paris Airports would not say whether more passengers embarked in Marseille.
    In France, this week is the start of annual summer school vacations. France's RMC radio, speaking with a local journalists in Comoros, said there were families on board the aircraft.
    Small fleet
    Yemenia, which is 51 percent owned by the Yemeni government and 49 percent owned by the Saudi Arabian government, flies to Moroni, according to flight schedules on its Web site.
    Yemenia's fleet includes two Airbus 330-200s, four Airbus 310-300s and four Boeing 737-800s, according to the site.
    The Comoros covers three small volcanic islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli, in the Mozambique channel, 190 miles northwest of Madagascar and a similar distance east of the African mainland.
    A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the sea off the Comoros islands in 1996, killing 125 of 175 passengers and crew.
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    Mopao Joseph Member

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    currently news reported `The only one survivor found and is a young girl of 14yrs in age`
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    madege haya yafanyiwe uchunguzi.