Comoros crash plane owned by ILFC -source

PARIS, June 30 Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:35am EDT

PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) - The Airbus plane which crashed off the Comoros islands early on Tuesday did not belong to its operator Yemenia but had been leased from International Lease Finance Corp, an industry source said.

Manufacturer Airbus EAD.PA declined to comment.

Los Angeles-based ILFC was not immediately available for comment.

ILFC, part of the recently rescued insurance giant AIG (AIG.N), is one of two leading global aircraft lessors and its fleet of almost 1,000 aircraft is among the world's largest.

The firm is in the process of being sold to help repay the U.S. government for a federal bailout of troubled AIG.

The Airbus A310-300 was built in 1990 and had been operated by Yemenia since 1999, Airbus said earlier. [ID:nLU326177]

The aircraft with 153 people on board crashed into the sea as it tried to land in bad weather on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros, officials said. [ID:nLU506718] (Reporting by Tim Hepher, editing by Marcel Michelson)

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