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Yemenia crash survivor goes home

Kassim Bakari at the side of Bahia Bakari, on her arrival at an airport in France, 2 July 2009
Baya Bakari was the only survivor of the Yemenia plane crash

The young girl who was the sole survivor of the Yemenia plane crash last month has left hospital in Paris.

Baya Bakari, whose age has been given as between 12 and 14, had been in hospital since 2 July, suffering from burns and a broken collar bone.

The plane, going to the Comoros from Yemen's capital, Sanaa, came down in bad weather with 153 people on board.

Meanwhile, a French navy ship has pinpointed the location of the plane's flight recorders.

Baya's mother was among those who died in the crash.

Baya was thrown from the plane, and was found hours later clinging to wreckage. She was barely able to swim, and her father described her survival as "a miracle".

On Thursday, he said Baya had been "impatient" to leave hospital. The family lives in Paris.


The signal from the plane's "black box" flight recorders - which should give clues as to what caused the Yemenia plane to crash - was detected on 5 July.

Since then, the navy ship "Beautemps-Beaupre" has been mapping the ocean floor in order to find their exact location.

In a news conference in Moroni, the capital of the Comoros, the French ambassador Luc Hallade said the flight recorders were at a depth of more than 1,000m (3,200ft).

Yemenia flight IY626 crashed on its way from the capital of Yemen, Sanaa, to Moroni. Passengers travelled on an Airbus A330 from Paris and Marseille, but switched to an older Airbus A310 in Sanaa.

Many of those who died were Comoran. Comorans living in France staged a series of demonstrations against the airline, alleging that the older plane was not airworthy.

Yemenia says the crash was probably caused by bad weather.

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