FRANCE WANTS TO TARNISH THE IMAGE OF YEMEN AIRWAYS
Two black boxes of Yemenia airbus detected, plane possibly shot down by French missile
Date: Jul 5, 2009 - 5:07:34 PM
Posted in: Front Page
Written By: Abdul-Aziz Oudah
Article Date: Jul 5, 2009 - 5:07:34 PM
Yemenia’s ill-fated plane’s two black boxes’ location has been detected and they will be recovered when the equipment arrives in the next few hours, said Hamid Faraj, the General Aviation Authority Manager today. Meanwhile, Yemenia Airways said that it will organize a rally at the French Embassy in Sana’a on Tuesday, against what they describe as the prevention by French troops of Yemeni divers from entering a large area where the Airbus 310 wreckage is expected to be.
Victims’ relatives and friends will also organize a demonstration at the French embassy, demanding cooperation with Yemeni and Comorian authorities in the search for the two black boxes and the bodies and any survivors said Yemenia Public Relation's Manager, Khalid al-Kaniai'.
Sources at Yemenia from the beginning did not rule out the prospect that the plane was shot down over an external reaction because no appeal for help was heard from the captain after he contacted Moroni airport for landing amid severe weather and sea conditions.
In the same context, the President of the Republic of Comoros Ahmad Abdullah Sambi, asked President Ali Abdullah Saleh to continue Yemenia Airways' flights to the Comorian capital, as it is the sole air carrier to Comoros. The request comes in a letter from President Sambi to President Ali Abdullah Saleh handed over by Comorian Minister of Foreign Relations Ahmad Saeed Jafar.
The letter addressed the latest developments of the Yemeni plane crash saga off Comoros' coastlines last Tuesday. The Comorian president expressed his personal condolences to President Saleh and the Yemeni people concerning the victims of the crash. He affirmed his country's keenness on boosting the brotherly relations between the two countries, confirming that the airplane accident will not affect the two countries' ties and joint cooperation.
A Comorian official told the London based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that they are not ruling out the possibility that the Yemenia Airbus 310 was shot down with a missile, ensuring that the French Ambassador in Moroni told some top Comorian government officials that there were French Navy vessels performing maneuvers in the area of the accident a day before the plane crash. He also accused French navy authorities of intentionally driving the rescue teams away from the accident area.
President Sambi drew the audience’s attention to the issue that France is not showing enough cooperation for the rescue of survivors, recovering bodies, and cleaning up the wreckage from the plane at a meeting held by the Comorian government’s rescue teams yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He said that there has been no progress achieved in discovering or recovering survivors and their property, ensuring that the French know exactly where the wreckage is located, but are directing the divers to other areas.
He added that rescue teams were formed from divers of the four countries of France, Yemen, USA and Comoros; however, their access to the crash site has been limited. A French submarine spotted the wreckage but the government has denied access to it through ambiguous ways.
Sambi added that the quick, French withdrawal of the surviving French girl Bahia al-Bakri aroused suspicions because she is the only eyewitness of the accident. "We have unofficial information from French war vessels in the area which were presumably conducting undeclared military maneuvers near the plane,” said the Comorian official, adding that “Perhaps the plane was at the wrong hour and place at that moment.”
He said that this story has been circulating within Government agencies, adding that the girl told one of her rescuers of her hearing a large noise and a large explosion coming from outside the plane. The French feared this, and in response, quickly sent a Minister to ensure that the only survivor would not say things detrimental to the French military and government. He went on to say that it is in the favor of France that the bodies stay underwater for a long time, so as to not disclose what happened.
Comorian official reveals dangerous information on the Yemeni crashed aircraft
A Comorian official on Saturday unveiled that his country does not rule out that the Yemeni airliner that crashed near the airport of the Comorian capital Moroni to have hit with a missile from one of the French Navy ships and that caused its immediate crash. The Comorian official who asked not to be identified told the London-based Middle East newspaper that the French ambassador to Moroni confirmed to some senior officials in the Comorian government that naval war units of the French Fleet were present in the area of the incident just one day before the plane cash.
The official also complained that after location of the site of the plane the fresh authorities had withdrawn the French submarine to another place other that where the plane was actually present, clarifying that France has a military force stationed in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Mozambique and the regional waters of the Comoros.
He added , “ We cannot rule out the occurrence of this , it is not a criminal act but it seems that the plane was present at a time when it should not be present , “ , accusing the French navy present at the time when the incident took place of intentionally keeping away from the incident location non-French rescue and relief teams .
He also indicated to a meeting held Friday evening at the Comorian Foreign Ministry concluded that France was not cooperating enough for rescuing the victims or recovering the bodies and finding the plane debris. The Comorian official considered that there was no progress in finding more of survivors or discovering and recovering bodies of the victims and their possessions. He affirmed the French know specifically the location of the plane but they withdraw the two submarines to other areas. He added, “A team of sea divers was formed from France, Yemen, the United States and the Comoros and actually the French submarine located the place of the plane but prevents reaching it in a twisted manner.”
The Comorian senior official deemed that as arousing question on the justification of transferring to France the only eyewitness of the incident and wondered why the French do not want the other divers to reach the location of the plane and prevent access of any person to the site.
He said < “We have unofficial information on French naval pieces that appears that they were carrying out undeclared military maneuvers nearby the crashed plane and happened in the wrong moment and the wrong place.”
He added this is a story circulated strongly among the government circles, pointing out that the surviving girls talked to one of those who rescued her about hearing a big noise and big explosion came from outside the plane. The French had quickly sent a mister and feared that this survivor was, despite her small age, talking about what they do not like. The Comorian official said, “Of course it is in interest of the French that the bodies remain under water surface for a longer possible period so that it would not be possible to discover what had actually happened.” The Middle East newspaper also quoted the Comorian official as saying every time a plane land s safely as it chances to face bad weather conditions , which is a usual matter and natural at such a time but it seems the crashed plane faced a bad luck in approaching as it seems a prohibited military area. Statements of the Comorian official have coincided with confirmations of government officials close to the Comorian President Abdullah Sami that he is very annoyed and astonished from behaviors of the Fresh authorities in regard of this subject.