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A Yemenia-Yemen Airways plane has crashed in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros, Reuters is reporting.The airliner had 150 people on board, according to initial reports and it's not clear if there are survivors.The big question of the moment, besides the status of survivors, is: What kind of airplane was it?A German news site says it is an Airbus A310, but that has not been confirmed by official sources.Yemeni state carrier Yemenia operates six Airbus planes and four Boeing planes.

Its fleet includes two Airbus A330-200s and four Airbus 310-300s, according to Reuters and Airbus' orders and deliveries Web site.The fleet also includes four Boeing 737-800s, according to Reuter's synopsis of the Yemenia Web site.

(The airline's site has crashed and has become difficult to access.)Boeing's orders and deliveries page only cites 727 orders from the 1970s, so it's possible that Yemenia was leasing its Boeing aircraft.Update: 7:22 p.m.The Yemenia Web site is working periodically.

Its fleet does include two A330-200s, four A310-300s, and four Boeing 737-800s.Update: 7:28 p.m.It was an Airbus A310, CNN is reporting.The Airbus A310 was en route from Yemen's capital Sanaa to Moroni, the capital of Comoros, and most of the passengers were Comoran, an official at Sanaa's international airport said.

Moroni is about 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) south of Yemen, off the east coast of Africa.Update: 7:31 p.m.Social networking Web site Twitter is ablaze with people saying they are scared to fly Airbus.

You can follow the conversation by searching for the term "Yemen" and "Airbus," or by searching on the flight number: Iy626.

Update: 7:43 p.m.Here is information from the Yemenia site about its A310 fleet:Update: 7:55 p.m.The Airbus A310 has had eight incidences or accidents that have resulted in 673 fatalities since 1992, according to the Aviation Safety Network database.Update: 8:00 p.m.CNN has posted a map of the flight route.Update: 8:14 p.m.AP reports that "most of the passengers on the Airbus 310 were believed to be Comoros residents returning from Paris."Update: 8:25 p.m.CNN has identified the flight number as Yemenia Flight 626, which "left Sanaa at 9:30 p.m.

for what was expected to be a 4.5-hour flight.

The airline has three regular flights per week to Moroni, off the east coast of Africa about 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) south of Yemen."It adds, "Most of the 143 passengers aboard the Airbus A310 were Comoran, an official at Sanaa's international airport said.

The aircraft also carried a crew of 11, for a total of 154 people on board."Update: 8:28 p.m.The best reports on this are coming from Reuters and CNN.Update: 8:32 p.m.Yemenia's "news and events" page still leads with the unfortunate headline: "Yemenia IS now Registered by IOSA," referring to an international safety audit program.Here is the text, which is undated:Capt.

Abdulkhalek Alkadi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yemen Airways announced today that Yemenia has been given accreditation of IOSA Registration by IATA.

Indeed achieving such accreditation is teamwork and Yemenia is satisfied and look forward to continue similar success in the future.The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Programme is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.

IOSA uses internationally recognized quality audit principles, and is designed so that audits are conducted in a standardized and consistent manner.With the implementation and international acceptance of IOSA, our Airline has achieved the following benefits: 1.

The establishment of the first internationally recognized operational audit standards 2.

Continuous updating of standards to reflect regulatory revisions and the evolution of best practices within the industryI appreciate the efforts of employees, who have contributed towards IOSA Certification.With IOSA Registration, I am sure that Yemenia will achieve more in the future, added the Chairman Alkadi.Update: 8:42 p.m.I have to leave my computer at the moment.

Check CNN and Reuters, (links above,) for the latest.
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