A 12-year-old girl who survived a Yemeni airliner crash by clinging to wreckage in the Indian Ocean flew back to Paris on Thursday for an emotional reunion with her father.
The only known survivor among the 153 people on the Yemenia Airbus A310 jet, which crashed off the Comoro Islands on Tuesday, Bahia Bakari was brought home on a French government plane.
President Nicolas Sarkozy attended a multi-faith ceremony at the Paris mosque on Thursday in memory of the crash victims and met with the families as his government faced criticism over the accident.
Image: Bahia Bakari lies in a stretcher next to her father Kassim Bakari in a plane, upon arrival at the Bourget airport, outside Paris, on July 2, 2009 after she miraculously survived the Yemenia airliner crash off the Comoros islands. (Copyright AFP. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.)
She waited for 10 hours to be rescued!