Teen Girl Survived In Yemeni Plane Crash By Holding Onto Debris for Hours

July 1, 2009

France (ChattahBox) – The teenage girl and only known survivor of a Yemeni plane crash that killed 152 passengers is recovering in a French hospital, after she was found floating on a piece of debris from the plane.

The girl, who came of the crash with mild hypothermia and a broken collar bone, is being called a ‘miracle’, after it was found that she had held on to a piece of debris for more than 13 hours, despite her injury and the strong tide attempting to pull her under.

“She was ejected. She was found beside the plane. I never thought she would get out like that. It’s the Good Lord who wanted it,” father of 14-year-old Bahia Bakari was quoted in the Telegraph.

The story became even more incredible when it was found that Bahia could not swim, and was so weak after three hours of clinging to a piece of the demolished plane cabin that she could not even pull herself into the rescue boat.

She is recovering, and able to sit up on her own. However, the horrors that she experienced as she floated alone in the sea, the bodies of the 152 other passengers around her (her mother included) are unlikely to pass so quickly.

The plane, which is owned by both the Yemen and Saudi governments, had been banned from landing in Paris over two years ago. The possibility of the plane having been unsafe is being investigated.  The flight recorder from the 24-year-old A310-300 airplane has been located, which should help fill in the gaps for investigators.


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