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Airbus A310 Crash

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A CHILD has been found alive at the site where a Yemenia Airbus A310 crashed into the Indian Ocean off the Comoros today, CNN reported.The child was the first person found alive from the jet, which was carrying 153 people, including 11 crew, en route to the island nation of Comoros from Yemen's capital, Sanaa."A survivor of the accident has been found," Yemenia's deputy managing director for operations Mohammed al-Sumairi said."Three bodies have been recovered."Rough seas and strong winds are hampering the search and rescue operations." The crash took place as the plane approached Hahaya Airport in Moroni in the early hours.

The plane tried but failed to land and then performed a U-turn before it crashed, CNN reported.The plane was was due to have touched down in Moroni at 2300 GMT on Monday (0900 AEST, today).

Sixty-six of the passengers are French nationals.The wreckage of the jet was spotted about an hour before the child was found."A small plane flew over the scene and the pilot spotted debris and the craft," the Government's secretary-general, Nourdine Bourhane, said at about 6pm (AEST).The crash occurred less than a month after an Air France Airbus carrying 228 passengers plunged into the Atlantic while en route from Brazil to France.

No Australians are thought to have been on board the flight, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

"The Australian embassies in Port Louis, Riyadh and Paris are urgently seeking to confirm the reports and determine whether any Australians are on board," she said.

"We have not had any suggestions that any Australians were involved."The flight started at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport yesterday when an Airbus A330-200 aircraft took off for Marseille in southern France and then on to Sanaa, the capital of Yemen.

In Sanaa, passengers changed to an Airbus A310 and departed for Moroni via Djibouti.A crisis taskforce has been set up at Charles de Gaulle Airport in France.Yemenia was set up in 1978 and is 51 per cent owned by the Yemeni Government and 49 per cent by the government in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

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