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One survivor 'found' from crashed Yemeni airliner

Video by Philip CROWTHER

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-06-30

Search teams have located wreckage and bodies from the Yemeni jet that crashed off the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros with 153 people on board, including 66 French nationals. Yemenia Airlines says one survivor has been found.

Paris airport emergency number for families of passengers: +33.(0)1.48.64.59.59
       
Yemenia Airways's call centre in Sanaa: +967.1.250.800/ emergency number: +967.1.250.833

 

 

An Airbus A310-300 operated by the Yemeni state carrier Yemenia Airways disappeared at around 1am Paris time (GMT+2) on Tuesday morning en route between Yemen and the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros. The aircraft appears to have crashed just a few kilometres away from its final destination of Moroni, the capital of Comoros. One survivor has been found.

 

A total of 153 people, including crew members, were on board the plane. 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.

 

Yemenia Airways flight IY626 took off from Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport heading for Marseille in southern France from where passengers boarded an Airbus A330-200 aircraft bound to Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. From Sanaa, passengers then switched to an Airbus A310 bound for the Comoran capital of Moroni, via Djibouti.



Scroll down to read the latest updates:

All times are Paris time (GMT+2)

 

Noon to 2pm:

 

02:00pm –  "The aircraft is technically sound and it departed without any technical problems at all," Yemenia deputy managing director Ali Sumairi tells FRANCE 24 television news.

 

01:30pm– Yemen's transport minister Khaled Ibrahim al-Wazeer says the Yemenia aircraft that crashed underwent a thorough inspection in May under Airbus supervision.

 

10am to noon:

 

11:55am – EU Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani has called for a worldwide blacklist of unsafe airlines.
 

11:23am –  A child survivor, a boy, was found, according to hospital sources. It was not immediately clear if the child was the same survivor reported earlier in Sanaa by a Yemenia airline official.
  

10:58am –  One survivor has been found, according to Mohammad al-Sumairi, deputy general manager for Yemenia operations.

 

 

8am to 10am:

 

09:50am  – 'Faults' had been noted on crashed Yemeni plane, says French transport minister.
 
09:00am – The plane crashed in stormy weather, according to airport authorities.
 
08:59 am – The wreckage of a Yemen Airbus jet that crashed off the coast of Comoros has been spotted, a Comoros government official told AFP Tuesday.


08:30am – Paris airport authorities say 66 French people were on board the aircraft.

08:09am – Yemeni civil aviation sources say first bodies have been recovered.


08:00am – France dispatches two military boats and a plane from the Indian ocean isles of Mayotte and Reunion

 

5am - 8am:



07:57am – An Africa-based air security body called ASECNA says debris have been found.

05:30am – Yemenia Airways says passengers include French, Comoros nationals.

05:16am – French airport officials also report the disappearance of the aircraft.

 


The crash:


02:29am – Yemeni government officials report the airliner has crashed.

Tuesday 1am – Time at which the aircraft was scheduled to land in Moroni

Monday 10:51pm – An Airbus A310-300 operated by the Yemeni state carrier Yemenia Air disappears from radar screens.

Date created : 2009-06-30

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