Youngster Found Alive in Indian Ocean After Yemeni Jet Crash

Child rescued from water
By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 8:26 AM CDT
Youngster Found Alive in Indian Ocean After Yemeni Jet Crash
People gather outside the El Maruf Hospital in Moroni, Comoros Tuesday, June 30, 2009. A Yemenia Airbus jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday as it tried to land during strong winds on the island nation of Comoros.   (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Rescuers have pulled one survivor the wreckage of a Yemeni airliner that went down early today in the Indian Ocean, though officials have issued conflicting details, the AP reports: one says it was a 14-year-old girl, another a 5-year-old boy. Yemenia Air Flight 626 was en route from Yemen to the island nation of Comoros with more than 150 aboard.

The Airbus 310 went down about 9 miles from the island. Most of those on board were Comoran; 66 were French nationals. There was no indication of foul play. “The weather was very bad ... the wind was very strong,” said a Yemeni aviation official. French inspectors discovered a “number of faults” with the 19-year-old plane during an inspection 2 years ago, said a television report.
(More Yemen stories.)

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