Youngster Found Alive in Indian Ocean After Yemeni Jet Crash

Child rescued from water
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 30, 2009 8:26 AM CDT
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...   (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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(Newser) – 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.