A Yemeni airline which crashed into the Indian Ocean was banned from France in 2007 because of “irregularities”, France’s transport minister has said. Dominique Bussereau told parliament of ongoing concerns about the safety record of the Yemenia Airbus 310.

In Paris, Mr Bussereau told legislators that the Yemenia Airbus 310 which crashed was not permitted to fly into France.A few years ago, we banned this plane from national territory because we believed it presented a certain number of irregularities in its technical equipment,” Mr Bussereau told parliament.