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Girl, 14, survives Yemenia airbus crash

2009-07-01 05:30:48 GMT2009-07-01 13:30:48 (Beijing Time)

A policeman maintains order among relatives of missing passengers of an Airbus A310-300 plane from Yemen that crashed, outside El-Maarouf national hospital in Moroni June 30, 2009.

Relatives of passengers of the Yemenia airlines Airbus 310-300 that crashed into stormy seas as it came into land in the Comoros islands leave the Marignane airport, near Marseille, after they were informed with the list of the passengers' names.

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl was plucked from stormy seas off the Comoros islands yesterday, several hours after a Yemenia Airways plane crashed with 153 people on board.

Officials held out little hope of finding any other survivors.

Abdillah Mougni, secretary-general of the ministry of transport in Moroni, capital of the Comoros republic, said the girl was the survivor, not a five-year-old boy as initially reported.

The teenager, described as a "miracle" child, was unconscious when she was found by a Comoran patrol boat bobbing in the water in a safety vest.

She was resuscitated and taken to hospital, Mougni said.

The bodies of four unidentified victims had been recovered so far by rescue teams, he said.

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