66 French on crashed Yemeni Airbus

30th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Sixty six French nationals were on board the Yemenia Airbus A310 which crashed in the Indian Ocean off the Comoros.

Paris – Sixty six French nationals were on board the Yemenia Airbus A310 which crashed in the Indian Ocean off the Comoros, with 153 passengers and crew on board, aviation sources said Tuesday.

The aircaft apparently "crashed into the sea several kilometres from the coast" as it approached the Comoros. It was "in the landing phase," said the source, who did not provide additional details.

The aircraft was due to have touched down in Moroni, capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago, around 2300 GMT on Monday.

The flight started at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday when an Airbus A330-200 aircraft took off for Marseille in southern France and then on to Sanaa in Yemen.

At Sanaa, passengers changed to an Airbus A310 and departed for Moroni via Djibouti.

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

They said 26 French nationals had boarded at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and 40 more in the southern city of Marseille.

A total of 67 people embarked in Paris, according to airport officials.

In Marseilles, 61 people who boarded the plane were bound for its final destination, Moroni, most of them Comoran nationals returning home, said Marseille police.

An Air France Airbus operated by Air France crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June as it was flying from Brazil to France.

AFP / Expatica

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