Rescuers find child survivor from A310 crash: Government

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Search and rescue authorities have recovered a child survivor from the Yemenia Airbus A310-300 which crashed off the coast of the Comores today.

The Comores Government, citing the country's security and civil protection centre COSEP, says a five-year old has been rescued alive following the accident.

Yemenia flight IY626 came down while nearing the international airport at Moroni, on the northernmost island of Grande Comore, also known as Ngazidja.

The Government says the scene of the accident is near the town of Mitsamiouli, on the northern coast of Ngazidja.

France's defence ministry has made French military resources available to the Comorian authorities.

Divers are being sent from nearby Mayotte, it says, and a patrol vessel and helicopter-equipped frigate will also be in the area from tomorrow.