A Yemeni Airbus A310-300 carrying 153 people crashed into the Indian Ocean Tuesday as it approached for a landing on the island nation of Comoros, Yemeni officials said.
The crashed airbus took a journey from Paris to Comoros, with a stop in Yemen to change planes. Most of the passengers were from Comoros and Sixty-six on board were French nationals.
A Yemeni aviation official said there were also nationals from Canada, Comoros, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Morocco, the Palestinian territories and the Philippines.
So far, only one survivor has been found. Khaled el-Kaei, the head of Yemenia airline's public relations office, said a 14-year-old girl survived the crash.
Meanwhile Yemen's embassy in Washington issued a statement Tuesday saying a young girl survived and was taken to a hospital. It also said five bodies were recovered.
Yemeni civil aviation deputy chief Mohammed Abdul Qader said the flight data recorder had not been found and it was too early to speculate on the cause of the crash.
But he said the wind was 40 miles per hour as the plane was landing in the middle of the night.
The Yemeni plane was the second Airbus to crash into the sea this month. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, killing all 228 people on board, as it flew from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.