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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

survivor on Air Yemen

Reporting from Paris and Cairo -- The 14-year-old girl believed to be the lone survivor of a jetliner crash in the Indian Ocean was thrown from the plane and into the waves, where she heard voices but saw no one in the darkness, her father told a French radio station Wednesday."She is a very, very shy girl. I never thought she would survive like that," Kassim Bakari said of his daughter, Bahia, in an interview with French RTL radio from his suburban Paris home. "I can't say that it's a miracle. I can say that it is God's will."When I had her on the phone, I asked her what happened and she said, 'Daddy, I don't know what happened, but the plane fell into the water and I found myself in the water . . . surrounded by darkness. I could not see anyone,' " Bakari said.Bahia, who clung to floating debris for about 12 hours in the cold sea, was in stable condition at the El Maarouf Hospital in Moroni, the capital of Comoros. The Yemenia airlines Airbus A310 was approaching the island nation Tuesday with 153 people aboard when it went down. Rescue workers and French and U.S. search planes scoured the area north of Comoros on Wednesday for more survivors as debris was scattered for miles across the ocean.
The French government announced early Wednesday that search teams had picked up a signal coming from one of the plane's "black box" recorders. But it later reversed that assertion, saying the electronic impulses detected were from the plane's distress signals. The two black boxes -- the cockpit recorder and the flight data recorder -- are crucial to determining what caused a crash.

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