Relatives of passengers aboard Yemenia Airways flight IY 626 which crashed en route to the Comoros from Paris on Monday have criticised the airline for having a poor safety record. Out of 153 on board, a 14-year-old was rescued alive.
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.
A Yemeni jet bound for the Comoros islands has crashed in the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board, officials say. Passengers took off from Paris on Monday before stopping off in Yemen, where they boarded an Airbus 310 heading for Moroni.
Comorans have voted to extend the mandate of President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi in a controversial referendum which reduces the powers of individual island leaders in the impoverished Indian Ocean archipelago.
Former Comoran president Azali Assoumani discusses his book “Quand j'étais président”, (“When I was president”), about his rise to power in a bloodless coup in 1999. He was elected democratically in 2002.
Comoros President Ahmed Abdullah Mohamed Sambi has urged Arab League leaders to reject the referendum vote, held on Comoros island Mayotte on Sunday, to become fully French. Residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining France.
Moussa Toybou, a 45-year-old engineer, won the presidential election on the Comoros isle of Anjouan, three months after renegade leader Mohamed Bacar was ousted by joint Comoran and African Union forces.