[PeterPaul.ca] — A Yemenia Airlines jetliner has crashed in the Indian Ocean with 153 people aboard, PeterPaul.ca has confirmed. The jetliner, an Airbus A310, was on it’s final approach to the city of Moroni on the Comoros Islands when it “dived and crashed at sea about one o’clock in the morning, local time,” the website of the Presidency of the Union of Comoros said. The Comoros government placed the death toll at 150 people.
Yemenia Airlines confirmed the crash Tuesday saying there were 153 people aboard the aircraft. “Yemenia regrets to announce the crash of Yemenia flight No. IY626 from Sana’a to Moroni with 142 passengers and 11 crew onboard for more information contact the call center at 00967 1250800,” the Yemenia website said. Flight 626 was scheduled from S’anaa, Yemen, to Moroni, the Comorian capital.
Most passengers aboard were returning home to the Comoros on the crashed flight. The government said that the new minister of Posts and Telecommunication, Mr. Ahmed Simba, was scheduled to be aboard the doomed flight but missed it just before takeoff..
The wreckage of the jetliner has not been located.
- Yemenia call centre: 00967 1250800
Emergency numbers: 00967 1 250833 and 00967 1 250800