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Comorans outside hospital where the rescued child was brought

A massive rescue effort was under way Tuesday after a young child was found among the wreckage of a downed Yemeni jet off the coast of Comoros in the Indian Ocean.

“One child is alive and we hope to find more,” Yemenia Airways chairman Capt. Abdulkhalek al-Kadi told CNN. The child has been taken to a hospital.

The French Navy is sending ships and a plan to help Yemeni authorities try to find any more survivors, he said.

The Yemenia Airways flight went down early Tuesday, carrying 153 people en route to the island nation of Comoros from Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

A reconnaissance plane spotted traces of the Airbus A310-300 in waters off the town of Mitsamiouli early Tuesday, said Comoros Vice President Idi Nadhoim. Comoros is located off the coast of east Africa, between Tanzania and Madagascar…

At first, Comoros officials said there were no signs of survivors among the dead bodies floating in the choppy waters. But then rescuers found the young child.

One of those moments of good luck – coupled no doubt to a parent who kept their child buckled up.




  1. ijsbrand says:

    So far the media reported that the single survivor was a 5 year boy, or a 4 year old girl, or a 14 year old girl.

    What ever was wrong in waiting for some official confirmation?

  2. KingTester says:

    Adam Curry loses another one. It was an AirBus not a Boeing. So much for plane wars.

    This story reminds me of the movie Unbreakable. Hopefully there will be other survivors.

  3. god says:

    #1 – quit reading American newspapers or watching American TV.

  4. Randomized says:

    Sounds like this could be the plot for Final Destination 5.

  5. Tallon says:

    Mr. Glass strikes again!

  6. Improbus says:

    I don’t I want to fly in an Airbus.

  7. GigG says:

    #3
    Timesonline.co.UK
    “A teenage girl has survived the crash of a Yemeni airlines Airbus…”

    telegragh.co.UK
    “The boy, said to be a toddler, is the only known survivor so far of the passengers and crew on board the Airbus 310…”

  8. TruthBeKnown says:

    #2
    Adam Curry loses another one. It was an AirBus not a Boeing. So much for plane wars.

    Actually, things are out of sync now. Adam claimed that Michael Jackson was killed by an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP). That was actually an accident. The EMP was targeting a Boeing 757 approaching LA. Due to a miscalculation in the coordinates, they missed and hit MJ’s rental property. Airbus missed their shot and Boeing pulls ahead.

  9. bill says:

    My (30 year) flight attendant wife would tell me all the time…

    “IF IT AIN’T A BOEING, I AIN’T GOING”

    I think she was right.

  10. zorkor says:

    Seems like another reason to attack Airbus and make a single surviving American company Boeing look good. Good luck with that, even though I’m sure soon all of America will be filing for bankruptcy, that goes for Boeing too. :p

  11. MoreGruelPlease says:

    #8 – That was actually a software problem – they found that when they entered the co-ordinates, if they used the backspace key, it didn’t affect the actual input, only the input displayed on the screen. So, any typo would lead to the device firing at co-ordinates other than those entered. The problem was resolved in tha mornin’.

  12. Namxas says:

    I found Waldo, right in the middle of the picture.

    Sorry to make light of the story, but I could not help myself.


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