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Timeline of Flight IY626

Map of aircraft's route

A Yemenia airliner with more than 150 people on board has crashed in the Indian Ocean en route for the Comoros islands.

Here is a chronology of events leading up to the crash and the search efforts for the plane and passengers.

Wednesday 1 July

1540: A French minister reverses an earlier announcement that the black boxes had been found. Alain Joyandet said the signals were in fact coming from distress beacons on the aircraft.

Morning: A French patrol ship the Rieuse is said to be on its way to retrieve the black box recorders.

Tuesday 30 June

1230 GMT: The black box's signal is located by an aerial patrol 40 kilometers (24 miles) from Njazidja, the main Comoros island which is also known as Grande Comore.

0907 GMT: News agencies, citing a Yemenia official, report that a survivor has been found alive and rescued from the sea off the Comoros island. Later reports confirm that the survivor is a 14-year-old girl.

0803 GMT: France's transport minister is reported as telling French media that the jet that crashed was being closely monitored by French authorities. Dominique Bussereau said the plane had not flown in French airspace after "numerous faults had been noted" with the plane during a routine inspection in 2007.

0504 GMT: Yemenia official confirms that one of the carrrier's planes has been lost, news agencies report.

0229 GMT: First reports of a plane crash hit the news agency wires.

Monday 29 June

2251 GMT: Contact is lost with the flight shortly after it had made one attempt at landing at Moroni International airport.

1845 GMT: Yemenia flight IY626 leaves Sanaa en route to Moroni via Djibouti.

Later Monday: Flight departs Marseille with around 100 passengers and flies to Sanaa. In the Yemen airport, passengers from various Arab states join the flight which transfers to a different plane, an Airbus A310.

Monday morning: A Yemenia Airbus A330-200 leaves Paris, bound for Marseille. On board are 67 passengers who will transfer to the ill-fated Yemenia Airbus that was to crash a few hours later.



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