Child survivor found after crash

June 30, 2009 12:00 am

, MORONI, Jun 30 – Rescuers on Tuesday found a child survivor of a Yemeni airliner that crashed off the coast of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros, a hospital official said.

"A child was found alive. He is now on a rescuers’ boat," Ben Imani, a doctor at Moroni’s main hospital told AFP.

A Comoros Red Cross official confirmed the rescue.

"We have all that is needed — drips, equipment — to assist the child immediately," said Al fachad Salim.

It was not immediately clear if the child was the same survivor reported earlier in Sanaa by a Yemenia airline official.

Salim explained that fishermen also found debris, handbags and other personal effects after the plane carrying 153 people, including 11 crew, crashed off the Comoros early Tuesday.

Rescuers were stationed at the shore north of Grande Comores, the largest of the three isles making up the union of Comoros, witnesses said.

The secretary general of the Comoros government Nourdine Bourhane said the control tower had lost control with the crew at around 2300 GMT during poor weather.

Government officials have set up a crisis cell at the airport.

Comoros state radio had suspended normal programmes and was broadcasting readings of Koran verses, an AFP correspondent said.

Witnesses at the airport said they saw the jet approaching the airport before disappearing.

"I saw the plane trying to land. I went into the (arrival) terminal to meet my mother, but there was no plane," Moussa Boina told AFP.


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