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Jet with 153 crashes off Comoros

world Updated: Jul 01, 2009 02:04 IST

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An Airbus A310-300 from Yemen with 153 people on board crashed into the sea off the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros on Tuesday, but a child was pulled from the sea alive.

A Yemeni aviation official said a young boy, who was plucked alive from the Indian Ocean after the passenger jet crashed, was brought ashore.

Mohammed Abdul Qader, the Yemeni civil aviation deputy chief, said the boy is five years old and has been hospitalised in the Comoros.

The Yemenia Airbus jet crashed into the Indian Ocean as it tried to land during strong winds on the island nation.

“Bodies were seen floating on the surface of the water and a fuel slick was also spotted about 16 or 17 nautical miles from Moroni,” a senior Yemeni civil aviation official said.