A five-year-old boy has survived the crash of a Yemenia Airbus A 310-300 just off the coast of the Comores Islands’ capital, Moroni. The airliner was reported to be carrying 153 people when it crashed.
The London Evening Standard said the child had been rescued from the Indian Ocean off Grand Comore, the group’s main island, amid fears that all the other passengers and crew had died. The Airbus vanished during a violent storm in the early hours of this morning, the report said.
Ibrahim Kassim, spokesman for the Agency for Aviation Security and Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) said:
We think the crash is somewhere along its landing approach. The weather is really not very favourable. The sea is very rough.
Although rescuers have been pulling bodies out of the sea all day, so far none of the other 141 passengers and 11 crew have been found alive.
The child was reported to be in a local hospital, and was one of at least nine other children on board the airliner. The number included three babies.