YEMINI PLANE CRASHES IN INDIAN OCEAN, BODIES FOUND


An Airbus A310-300 from Yemen with 153 people on board crashed into choppy seas as it tried to land in bad weather on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros on Tuesday, officials said.An official from the state carrier Yemenia said some bodies had been recovered from the wreck. The official could not say whether there were any survivors.

YEMINITwo French military planes and a French ship left the Indian Ocean islands of Mayotte and Reunion to search for the Yemenia aircraft that was carrying nationals from France and Comoros.”The planes have seen debris at the supposed point of impact,” Ibrahim Kassim, an official from regional air security body ASECNA, told Reuters.

A Yemenia official said there were 142 passengers, including three infants, and 11 crew. The plane was flying from Sanaa to Moroni, the capital of the main island of the archipelago.”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 61 km (38 miles) an hour. There could be other factors,” he said.It is the second Airbus to plunge into the sea this month. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing 228 people on board on June 1.

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

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

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