SAN’A, Yemen – A plane going from the Arabian Peninsula country of Yemen to the island nation of Comoros crashed in the Indian Ocean early Tuesday, a Yemen airport official said.
An official from the Yemeni state carrier said the plane had 147 passengers, including three infants plus 11 crew.
"The weather conditions were rough; strong wind and high seas. The wind speed recorded on land at the airport was 38 miles an hour. There could be other factors," he said.
According to preliminary information from Paris Airports press service, a Yemenia Air Airbus 330 flew on Monday from Paris to San’a, with 147 passengers and 11 crew on board.
Most of the passengers are from Paris, After landing in the Yemeni capital, the passengers disembarked and those destined for Comoros switched planes. Sixty-seven of the original passengers were flying on to Moroni, according to the press service. It was unclear how many more passengers boarded the Airbus 310 in San’a and if the crew was changed as well.