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Crash survivor returns home

July 03, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A severely bruised girl believed to be the only survivor of an Indian Ocean plane crash flew back to Paris, where she was embraced by her father.

Bahia Bakari, 14, returned from the Comoros Islands, a former French colony, aboard a French government plane.

She was on Yemenia Flight 626, which crashed Tuesday in heavy winds. Bahia, described by her father as a fragile girl, spent more than 13 hours clinging to wreckage. She suffered from hypothermia, a fractured collarbone and bruises.

The other 152 people on the plane, including her mother, are presumed dead.

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