Yemeni plane crash highlights the development gap

Bruce Watson

On Tuesday, a Yemeni Airbus 310 passenger plane traveling from Sanaa, Yemen's capital, crashed as it neared an airstrip at Moroni, the capital of the Comoros Islands. Of 153 people on board, a single survivor has been found.

It's been a bad month for Airbus. The Air France plane that mysteriously crashed over the Atlantic earlier in June was an Airbus 330-200, a later version of the 300-series, which has been in production since the early 1990's. Some have suggested that the Airbus 300 design itself is flawed, and that the planes are extremely unstable in bad weather.