The sole survivor of the crashed Yemeni Airbus, a 14-year-old girl was rescued 10 hours later after the Yemeni Airbus crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday with 153 people on board.
The Franco-Comoran girl called Baya Bakari was plucked from the rough seas on Tuesday after clinging to wreckage through the night, but hope of finding any of the other 152 people aboard was fading.
No bodies have been recovered by the French and American military rescue teams, nor by the Comoran army rescue boats. Nobody has been found since the crash, said Interior Minister Hamid Bourhane.
The rescued girl had cuts to her face and a fractured collar-bone. France said she would be flown to a Paris hospital.
She signaled to a passing boat and it was able to pick her up. She really showed incredible physical and moral strength, French Cooperation Secretary Alain Joyandet told French radio.
Her father, Kassim Bakari said after he learned about his daughter's escape he called her by telephone.
I asked her what happened and she said: “I saw the plane crash in the water, I found myself in the water. I heard voices but couldn't see anybody as it was pitch black and you know dad I cannot swim well, but I managed to cling on to a piece of debris and the rest I cannot explain.
The crashed plane was the second Airbus to plunge into the sea within a month. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 228 people on board, after taking off from Brazil on June 1.
The cause of the crash was still unknown. State-run Yemenia said the flight recorder - the so-called black box - had been located, but this was denied by the French defense ministry.