Air disaster in the Comoros
Paris, June 30, 2009
Early this morning, I learned that a plane belonging to Yemen’s national airline Yemenia Air crashed into the sea off the Comorian coast. The plane which had set off from Sana’a, included passengers who had begun their journey in Paris; 66 of these were French nationals.
I extend my very sincere condolences to the bereaved.
At the Comorian authorities’ request, France is sending air and sea capabilities to help in the search operations.
The French Embassy in Moroni and the Ministry’s crisis centre are fully mobilized. The French Embassy in Moroni has set up an emergency telephone line for the victims’ families: 00 269 77 30 753. Aéroports de Paris (ADP) has a dedicated line for families and close friends of the passengers: 01 48 64 59 59.
Alain Joyandet, Minister of State responsible for Cooperation and Francophony, will be going to Moroni very soon./.