YEMENIA AIRBUS SHOT DOWN BY FRENCH MISSILE
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The official also complained that after location of the site of the plane the fresh authorities had withdrawn the French submarine to another place other that where the plane was actually present, clarifying that France has a military force stationed in the Indian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.