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Servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa have deployed to assist with search-and-rescue operations for Yemeni Air Flight 626, an Airbus A310 that crashed Tuesday in the Indian Ocean, U.S. Africa Command officials announced in a news release Wednesday evening.

The U.S. Embassy for Madagascar and Comoros requested assistance from AFRICOM to provide the assistance to the Comoros government, officials said.

The plane crashed about 10 kilometers off shore during its final approach to the Comoros airport.

Members of CJTF-HOA, including support personnel and a "Guardian Angels" search-and-rescue team from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, will work with French Forces Comoros, the Comoros Coast Guard, and Comoros National Police to aid in rescue efforts and continue the search for survivors, according to the release. CJTF-HOA also has sent one HC-130 aircraft. A U.S. Navy team of engineers, already working in Comoros before the crash, also will assist.

CJTF-HOA is headquartered in Djibouti, Africa.

So far, one survivor has been pulled from the wreckage, a 14-year-old girl who reportedly clung to a piece of debris, according to news accounts. The plane was carrying 153 people.


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