A Yemeni airliner with 153 people on board has crashed into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros.
Rescuers have found one survivor, a five-year-old child, who was taken to a Comoran hospital. The bodies of three other people have been recovered, along with some debris.
The Yemenia Air flight went down around 1:30 am local time Tuesday while trying to land in Moroni, on the main island of Grand Comore.
The cause of the crash is unknown. However, a Yemeni civil aviation spokesman, Mohammed Abdel Rahman Abdel Kader, says winds were high at the time of the crash.
The plane, an Airbus 310, was carrying 11 crew members and 142 passengers, including three infants. Most of those on board were either French or Comoran nationals.
The flight had originated in Paris and stopped in the French city of Marseille before stopping in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, where passengers switched planes.
France's transport minister, Dominique Bussereau, says French inspectors detected a number of faults with the airplane during a 2007 inspection.
Bussereau says Yemenia Air was not on a blacklist of airlines banned from European airspace, but the airline was being subjected to closer inspections.
France says it has sent two military aircraft to assist in the rescue efforts.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says there were 66 French nationals onboard. In addition to the French and Comoran passengers, there were nationals from Yemen, Canada, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Morocco, the Palestinian territories and the Phillippines.
The Yemenia Air plane is the second Airbus plane to crash this month. An Air France Airbus A330, traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean June 1, killing all 228 people onboard.
Airbus says it is sending a team of specialists to the Comoros to help with the crash investigation.
The Comoros is made up of three islands about 300 kilometers northwest of Madagascar, in the Mozambique channel.