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MORONI (Reuters) - An airliner with 150 people on board belonging to Yemeni state carrier Yemenia crashed in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros Tuesday, a senior government official said.

 

"We don't know if there are any survivors among the 150 people on the plane," Comoros vice-president Idi Nadhoim told Reuters from the airport at the main island's capital Moroni.

 

Nadhoim said the accident happened in the early hours of Tuesday, but could not give any more details.

 

"There is a crash, there is a crash in the sea," said an unnamed official who answered the phone in the Yemenia office in Moroni. He declined further comment.

 

An airline official in Yemen declined to comment.

 

Yemenia, which is 51 percent owned by the Yemeni government and 49 percent owned by the Saudi Arabian government, flies to Moroni, according to flight schedules on its Web site.

 

1996 CRASH

 

Yemenia's fleet includes two Airbus 330-200s, four Airbus 310-300s and four Boeing 737-800s, according to the site.

 

The location of the crash was not immediately known, but a medical worker in the town of Mitsamiouli, on the main island Grande Comore, said he had been called into the local hospital.

 

"They have just called me to come to the hospital. They said a plane had crashed," he told Reuters.

 

A Comoran police source said the plane was believed to have come down in the sea. "We really have no sea rescue capabilities," he said.

 

The Comoros covers three small volcanic islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli, in the Mozambique channel, 300 km (190 miles) northwest of Madagascar and a similar distance east of the African mainland.

 

A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the sea off the Comoros islands in 1996, killing 125 of 175 passengers and crew

 

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE55T03R20090630

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Another crash in the sea. :(

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Airbus A330 again??

A310, bro..

 

Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard

updated 1 hour, 32 minutes ago

 

(CNN) -- A Yemeni jetliner with more than 150 people aboard has crashed in the Indian Ocean off the island nation of Comoros, aviation officials in Yemen said Tuesday.

 

The jet was en route to Moroni, the capital of Comoros, from Yemen's capital Sanaa when it crashed about an hour before reaching its destination, officials from the national airline Yemenia said. There was no immediate news of the fate of those on board.

 

Yemenia Flight 626 left Sanaa at 9:30 p.m. for what was expected to be a 4½-hour flight. The airline has three regular flights per week to Moroni, off the east coast of Africa about 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) south of Yemen.

 

Most of the 143 passengers aboard the Airbus A310 were Comoran, an official at Sanaa's international airport said. The aircraft also carried a crew of 11, for a total of 154 people on board.

 

There has been no indication of foul play behind the crash, the officials said.

 

The crash is the second involving an Airbus jet in a month. On June 1, an Air France Airbus A330 crashed off Brazil while en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France. All 228 aboard are presumed dead. The cause remains under investigation.

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Crash comes almost a month from Airfrance crash...Are the A310 (terbang dengan wayar)??

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A310, bro..

 

Reportedly an A330-200, according to the Australian media.

 

Plane crashes in Indian Ocean with more than 150 on board

June 30, 2009 - 2:04PM

An airliner belonging to Yemeni state carrier Yemenia Air has reportedly crashed in the Comoros archipelago, off the east coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean with more than 150 people on board.

 

"We don't know if there are any survivors among the 150 people on the plane," a senior Comoros government official told Reuters.

 

The passenger jet, Yemenia Flight 626, was en route from Yemen's capital Sanaa to Moroni, the capital of Comoros, when it crashed one hour before its destination, Yemenia Air officials told CNN.

 

Moroni is about 2900 kilometres south of Yemen, off the east coast of Africa.

 

The plane, reportedly an Airbus A330-200, left Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday, travelling to Marseille and then Sanaa in Yemen before heading to Moroni, a Paris airport source told Agence France-Presse.

 

It had left Sanaa at 9.30pm local time for a four-and-a-half-hour flight to Moroni, the BBC reported.

 

The flight was due in Moroni at 2300 GMT on Monday, but disappeared from radar screens, the AFP airport source said.

 

A crisis task force was set up at Charles de Gaulle airport early on Tuesday.

 

Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from regional air security body ASECNA, said the plane had probably come down five to 10 kilometres from the coast, and civilian and military boats had been mobilised to start searching.

 

"We think the crash is somewhere along its landing approach," Kassim told Reuters. "The weather is really not very favourable. The sea is very rough."

 

Interior Minister Hamid Bourhane told Reuters the army had sent small speedboats to an area between the village of Ntsaoueni and the airport.

 

A Comoran police source told Reuters: "We really have no sea rescue capabilities."

 

'154 people on board'

 

On board where 143 passengers, most of them Comoran, an Sanaa airport official told CNN. The plane also had 11 crew, with a total of 154 people on the flight.

 

A civil aviation official told the BBC that weather conditions there had not been good for several days.

 

A medical worker in the town of Mitsamiouli, on the main island Grande Comore, said he had been called to the hospital.

 

"They have just called me to come to the hospital. They said a plane had crashed," he told The Guardian.

 

The Comoros covers three small volcanic islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli, in the Mozambique channel, 300 kilometres north-west of Madagascar and a similar distance east of the African mainland.

 

Vice-president Idi Nadhoim, speaking from the airport at the main island's capital Moroni, told the BBC the accident happened early today.

 

The airline, which is 51 per cent owned by the Yemeni government and 49 per cent owned by the Saudi Arabian government, flies to Moroni, according to flight schedules on its website.

 

Its fleet includes two Airbus 330-200s, four Airbus 310-300s and four Boeing 737-800s, according to the site.

 

Yemenia flies to 23 destinations in Asia, Africa and Europe, and has a "good reputation in service and safety", the website stated.

 

Second Airbus crash this month

 

A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the sea off the Comoros islands in 1996, killing 125 of 175 passengers and crew.

 

This is the second Airbus crash this month. Air France AF447, an Airbus A330, crashed off the coast of Brazil en route to Paris, France. Everyone on board was believed to be dead. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

 

Arjun Ramachandran, Georgina Robinson, Glenda Kwek with Reuters, AP

 

Source: smh.com.au

 

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Updated: http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE55T0LQ20090630

 

MORONI (Reuters) - An Airbus A310 from Yemen with more than 150 people on board crashed into choppy seas as it came in to land on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros on Tuesday, officials said.

 

French military planes took off from the Indian Ocean islands of Mayotte and Reunion to search for the Yemenia aircraft that was carrying nationals from France and Comoros.

 

An official from the state carrier said the plane had 142 passengers and 11-crew on board. It was flying from Sanaa to Moroni, the capital of the main island of the Comoros archipelago.

 

"There is a crash, there is a crash in the sea," said an unnamed official who answered the phone in the Yemenia office in Moroni before hanging up.

 

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.

 

"Two French military aircraft have left from the island of Mayotte and Reunion to search the identified zone, and a French vessel has left Mayotte," said Hadji Madi Ali, director General of Moroni International Airport.

 

In 1996, a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 also crashed into the sea off the Comoros islands in 1996, killing 125 of 175 passengers and crew.

 

COMING INTO LAND

 

"The plane has crashed and we still don't know exactly where. We think it's in the area of Mitsamiouli," Comoros Vice-President Idi Nadhoim told Reuters from the airport.

 

Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from regional air security body ASECNA, said the plane had probably come down 5 to 10 km (3 to 6 miles) from the coast, and civilian and military boats had been mobilized to start searching.

 

"We think the crash is somewhere along its landing approach," Kassim told Reuters. "The weather is really not very favorable. The sea is very rough."

 

ASECNA -- the Agency for Aviation Security and Navigation in Africa and Madagascar -- covers Francophone Africa.

 

The town of Mitsamiouli is on the main island Grande Comore.

 

Interior Minister Hamid Bourhane told Reuters the army had sent small speedboats to an area between the village of Ntsaoueni and the airport.

 

"At the moment we don't have any information about whether there are any survivors," he told Reuters.

 

A medical worker in Mitsamiouli said he had been called in.

 

"They have just called me to come to the hospital. They said a plane had crashed," he told Reuters.

 

A United Nations official at the airport, who declined to be named, said the control tower had received notification the plane was coming into land, and then lost contact with it.

 

Yemenia is 51 percent owned by the Yemeni government and 49 percent owned by the Saudi Arabian government. Its fleet includes two Airbus 330-200s, four Airbus 310-300s and four Boeing 737-800s, according to the company Web site.

 

The Comoros covers three small volcanic islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli, in the Mozambique channel, 300 km (190 miles) northwest of Madagascar and a similar distance east of the African mainland.

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First of all, R.I.P to all passengers and crews on-board Yemenia Flight 626 :( Hopefully the data recorder can be located this time

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Crash comes almost a month from Airfrance crash...Are the A310 (terbang dengan wayar)??

 

No. A300 and A310 series are old-school cable and pulley type.

 

Reportedly an A330-200, according to the Australian media.

 

Looks like they have something against the A330.

 

A310? One of these perhaps?

Edited by Radzi

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Half a year ago they said Yemen Airlines was going to be on the European blacklist if they wouldn't be more strict in certain things, don't know exact reasons (maintenance of aircraft?).

 

Now they probably get up this point again for the next EU blacklist selection. Too bad!

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No. A300 and A310 series are old-school cable and pulley type.

 

Next Q: is it a composite plane?

 

 

Yemeni website says they have 4x A310, so cannot answer yet.

 

YemenAirscreencapture.jpg

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Boat finds wreckage of crashed airliner off Comoros: officials

From the BNO Newsroom.

 

MORONI, Comoros (BNO NEWS) -- A boat found the wreckage of a Yemenia Airlines passenger plane on Tuesday morning, several hours after it went down in the Indian Ocean off Comoros, officials told BNO News. More than 150 people were on board the plane.

Around 8 a.m. local time, or 5 a.m. GMT, a boat which was assisting in the search for the crashed airliner reported that it had found the wreckage of the plane, a government official confirmed to BNO News. Search planes also spotted the wreckage, according to the Reuters news agency.

 

Shortly after, three bodies were recovered from the area where the plane came down. No survivors were immediately spotted and officials believed it was unlikely anyone survived the crash. The plane was mostly destroyed following the crash, the government reported, leaving behind only small parts of wreckage.

 

The plane went down in the Indian Ocean, close to the coast. "The wreckage was found about six minutes from the airport," the government official added. An official at the Comoros Foreign Ministry earlier said that residents from villages on the coast had witnessed the crash.

 

The plane, an Airbus 310, was carrying a total of 147 passengers and 11 crew members. International media outlets reported that 142 passengers were on board but, according to the foreign ministry official who had received the complete passenger list, that figure is incorrect. He added to say that 156 of the people on board were Comoran and that two foreign names, likely French citizens, were on the passenger list. "They are European names, we believe they are French," he said.

 

It was Yemenia Airlines flight 626 which took off from Sana'a International Airport in Yemen, about four and a half hours before it crashed, minutes before reaching it destination. It was en-route to Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Moroni, the capital of Comoros.

 

It is unclear if the boat, which found the wreckage, belonged to Comoros or another country in the area. "Comoros does not have the facilities" to launch a rescue operation, a government official earlier said. He said a number of boats were en-route to the area and that France had sent a boat to assist in the search and rescue operation.

 

As of 6.45 a.m. GMT it remained uncertain if there were any survivors. "We are hoping,", the foreign ministry official said. The cause of the crash is unknown, although foul play is not suspected.

 

On November 23, 1996, Ethiopian Airlines flight 961 was hijacked and crashed near Comoros in the Indian Ocean after it ran out of fuel. A total of 175 passengers were on board, 125 of them were killed.

 

Earlier incidents involving Yemenia Airlines

 

Tuesday's plane crash is the worst accident in the history of Yemenia Airlines, records showed. The airline, which was founded in 1961, had been involved in three accidents.

 

On June 26, 2000, a Boeing 737 went off the side of the runway at Khartoum-Civil Airport in Sudan, causing the nose gear to collapse. There were no injuries.

 

On August 1st, 2001, a Boeing 727 overran the runway at Asmara International Airport in Eritrea and crashed into a large block of concrete, causing the main landing gear to fail. There were no casualties.

 

On January 22nd, 2001, an Iraqi man hijacked a Yemenia Airlines flight about 15 minutes after it took off from San'a International Airport in Yemen. He was armed with a pen gun and claimed to have explosives with him. He demanded to be taken to Baghdad but the flight crew overpowered the hijacker when it made a landing in Djibouti to refuel.

 

It is the second time in less than a month that an Airbus is involved in a fatal plane crash.

 

http://news.bnonews.com/v4z8

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Plane's reg is 7O-ADJ.

 

BBC reports a survivor has been rescued.

 

Interesting that this crash is not in the main news, Iraq takes precedence. :sorry:

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Some interesting stuff from updated Reuters report:

 

French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau said faults had been detected during inspections in France in 2007 on the Yemenia A310, and that it had not flown to France since.

 

"The A310 in question was inspected in 2007 by the DGAC (French transport authorities) and they noticed a certain number of faults," he told the I-tele television channel.

 

"The company was not on the black list but was subject to stricter checks on our part, and was due to be interviewed shortly by the European Union's safety committee."

 

French television showed pictures of friends and relatives of the passengers weeping at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, many of them railing at the airline.

 

Airbus said it was dispatching a team of investigators to the Comoros. It said the aircraft was built in 1990 and had been used by Yemenia since 1999. Its engines were built by Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies.

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From the NST

 

SANA'A, YEMEN, Tue:

A SURVIVOR has been found at the site where a Yemeni passenger plane crashed into the Indian Ocean off the Comoros today, a Yemenia airline official said.

 

“A survivor of the accident has been found,” senior Yemenia official Mohammad al-Sumairi told AFP.

 

“Three bodies have been recovered.”

 

The Airbus plane crashed in stormy weather as it was approaching Comoros en route from Yemen, officials said. - AFP

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Read from the news the survivor is a 5 yr old child.

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Was reading differently that the sole survivor is a teenager of 15 years ?? :blink:

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From Wikipedia:

 

On 30 June 2009, Yemenia Flight 626, an Airbus A310 airliner belonging to Yemeni state carrier Yemenia Air crashed in the Comoros archipelago with 153 people on board. Reports say the crash took place in the early morning hours. [49] A 14-year-old girl was found alive in the sea, Comoros Communications Minister Abdourahim Said Bakar said. Earlier reports had said the rescued child was five.[50] In addition to the 5 year child, also the pilot of the Airbus A310 survived. The plane crashed during the night near the Comoro Island, with 153 people on board. The news has been reported by the website of TV channel Al Arabiya, quoting internal sources of air company Yemenia Air, according to which the pilot, Khaled Usher, born in Aden 45 years ago, is alive. Usher is a very lucky man: Al Arabiya also reported that he was one of the hostages in the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, during the terrorist attacks last November. [51]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comoros

 

Pilot survived?

 

Btw they have located one of the black boxes, but not yet retrieved.

Edited by Naim

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That means one adult and a child survived the crash;any latest info about it?

 

Nearly forgot about the Yemenia incident;as i was busy doing things during my parent's absence in Sarawak.

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