Plane plunges into Indian Ocean

DZAEUDZI: A passenger jet carrying 153 people from Yemen crashed into the Indian Ocean in bad weather

early today while trying to land at the island nation of Comoros. Search teams rescued a child from the sea, officials said, but there was no word on other survivors.

The Yemeni Airbus 310 was flying the last leg of a journey taking passengers from Paris and Marseille to Comoros via Yemen. Most of the passengers were from Comoros, returning from Paris. Sixty-six on board were French nationals.

The rescued child is five years old and the flight also had at least three babies, Yemeni civil aviation deputy chief Mohammed Abdul Qader said.

Three bodies from the flight were retrieved along with debris from the plane, according to Comoros immigrations officer Rachida Abdullah.

Qader said it was too early to speculate on the cause and the flight data recorder had not been found.

“The weather was very bad ... the wind was very strong,” he said, adding

the windy conditions were hampering rescue efforts. He said the wind was

61 kph as the plane was landing.

The Yemenia (Yemen Airways) plane was the second Airbus to crash into the sea recently. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on May 31, killing all 228 people on board, as it flew from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The Comoros is an archipelago of three main islands situated about 2,900 km south of Yemen.