Off the Comoros Islands, the search is continuing, but there is little hope of finding any more survivors from the crashed Yemenia Air A310.
The focus has now switched to finding the plane’s black box flight recorders – but officials have warned the wreck may be lying in water up to 500 metres deep. The European Commission, meanwhile, has told Yemenia that its aircraft may be banned from EU airspace if the company does not deal with its recurring safety problems. After travelling from Paris and Marseille, the passengers changed onto the doomed A310 in Yemen – a plane banned in France due to safety concerns. “It is an exaggeration to say the plane was poorly maintained. It is irresponsible to say this, it is not true. This is tantamount to an attack on our country – but we are so poor, no one cares…” said the Chairman of Yemenia Air, Abdulhaliq al-Qadi. There have been angry scenes in Marseille, where angry Comoran expatriates tried to block passengers from checking in on another Yemenia flight. “They should ban Yemenia from operating from Paris to the Comoros…this is the death flight and we don’t want it to operate..” said one man outside the travel agency. Yemenia has said it will pay 20 thousand euros in compensation to each of the victim’s families.