One survivor found, bodies spotted at Yemeni plane crash site (UPDATED)
Rescue teams spotted a survivor of the Yemeni airliner crash accident, pan-Arab Al-Jazeera reported according to information coming from its correspondent.
Yemeni civil aviation authorities said on Tuesday that some bodies were also spotted at the crash site, pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV reported.
Preliminary reports said an oil slick was seen about 16 to 17 nautical miles away from Moroni airport, al-Jazeera said, reported Xinhua.
Meanwhile, Yemeni Transport Minister Khaled al-Wazir denied earlier reports which said that some corpses have been picked from the water.
According to a statement issued Tuesday by Yemeni civil aviation authorities, Yemenia Airbus A310 with the flight number IY 626 took off at 09:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) on Monday from Sanaa to Moroni, capital of the Comoros.
Communication with the airplane was lost at 01:51 a.m. Moroni local time (2251 GMT Monday), and the plane was carrying 153 persons onboard including 11 crew members and two babies, the statement said.
Al-Jazeera said 66 French citizens were among the passengers. However, the Yemeni statement did not mention any information about the nationalities of passengers.
French rescue units including a rescue ship and choppers headed for the site to start rescue efforts in coordination with the Comoran and Yemeni authorities, the statement added.
The Comoros is an archipelago of three main islands situated about 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometer) south of Yemen, between Africa 's southeastern coast and Madagascar.
The Yemenia airline is the national airline of Yemen, with 51 percent share owned by the Yemen government and 49 percent by the government of Saudi Arabia.