An Airbus A310 aircraft flown by Arabian airline Yemenia has crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros Islands. The flight took off from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, although many of the passengers onboard are reported to have started their journeys in France.
A statement from Airbus has confirmed that flight IY626 was involved in an accident shortly after 0150 (local time) near the Comoros Islands. The A310 aircraft had been on its way to the Comoros capital Moroni.
According to reports on the BBC website there were more than 150 people onboard the flight, many of whom are believed to be French or of dual French-Comoran citizenship. A search is currently underway, and according to latest BBC reports “some bodies have been found and a child rescued alive”.
Report by Mark Caswell