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One Survivor Found In Indian Ocean Airbus Crash

MORONI, Comoros (AP) -- Reports that a 5-year-old boy survived a jetliner crash in the Indian Ocean are now in question.

Rachida Abdullah is an immigrations officer in the Comoros, where the plane went down. She says there were early reports that a 5-year-old boy had survived the crash and was found floating at sea. Now, she says, it appears the survivor is a 14-year-old girl.

Neither report could be independently confirmed.

A Yemenia Airbus jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday as it tried to land during strong winds on the island nation of Comoros. There was no word on other survivors.

At least three bodies were recovered, authorities said.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

MORONI, Comoros (AP) - A Yemeni aviation official says a young boy who was plucked alive from the Indian Ocean after a passenger jet crashed was found floating 10 miles (15 kilometers) out to sea.

Mohammed Abdul Qader, the Yemeni civil aviation deputy chief, says the boy is 5 years old and has been hospitalized in the Comoros. He had no further details.

A Yemenia Airbus jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday as it tried to land during strong winds on the island nation of Comoros. There was no word on other survivors.

At least three bodies were recovered, authorities said.


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