PARIS, June 30 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
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)