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Yemen jet crashes in Indian Ocean

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on June 30, 2009



A Yemeni airliner with 150 people on board has crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros archipelago, officials there say.

“We don’t know if there are any survivors among the 150 people on the plane,” the Comoros vice-president told Reuters news agency.

The plane belonged to Yemeni state carrier Yemenia Air, he said.

The three islands of Comoros are about 300km (190 miles) northwest of Madagascar in the Mozambique channel.

Vice-president Idi Nadhoim, speaking from the airport at the main island’s capital Moroni, said the accident happened early on Tuesday.

The exact location of the plane was not immediately known.

The details of the flight are also unknown, but there was a flight from Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, due about 0230 (0030 BST). That flight was a connecting flight from Paris.

A resident near the airport told the BBC about 100 people were trying to get into the airport to find out more information, but without much success.

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