Yemenia Airways Airbus A310-324 plane crash
off Mitsamiouli, Comoros
The Airbus A310-304 owned by International Lease Finance Corporation and operated by Yemenia Airways was on a passenger flight from Sana'a, Yemen, to Moroni, Comoros. The plane was carrying 142 passengers and 11 crewmembers. It crashed into the ocean as it approached the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros in bad weather.
Among the 153 people onboard, only a 14-year-old girl has been rescued alive. The causes of the accident are still unknown. The plane reportedly attempted a first approach that ended with a go-around. The Airbus 310 then returned above the ocean, and crashed in poor weather conditions and strong winds (about 35 kts) about eight nautical miles north from the Comoran coast and 18 nautical miles from the Moroni airport.
This accident is the 20th worst plane crash since year 2000 in terms of the number of combined onboard and ground fatalities.