Child Pulled From Wreckage Of Yemenia Jet Crash, Rescue Efforts Underway

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A child was pulled from the wreckage of a Yemenia jet that crashed into the Indian Ocean early Tuesday.

There were 153 people on board the plane, which plunged into the water as it tried to land in strong winds on the island nation of Comoros. Besides the child, there was no word of any other survivors. At least three bodies wererecovered, authorities said.

The crash comes two years after aviation officials reported faults with the aircraft, an Airbus 310. The jet was flying the last leg of a journey from Paris and Marseille to Comoros, with a stop in Yemen to change planes. Most of the passengers were from Comoros, a former French colony. Sixty-six of those on board were French nationals.

A child was rescued from the water after the crash, according to a police immigration officer. Further details on the rescue and the child's condition were not immediately available.

The Yemenia plane was the second Airbus to crash into the sea in as many months. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean May 31, killing all 228 people on board, as it flew from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy "expressed his deep emotion" about the crash and asked the French military to help in the rescue operation, particularly from the French islands of Mayotte and Reunion.

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