A Libyan plane crash leaves one ten year old survivor. A plane approaching Tripoli's airport carrying 104 passengers crashed on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 and left one 10 year old Dutch boy the sole survivor. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende reported that the Afriquiyah Airways Airbus A300-200 arrived in Tripoli, Libya after departure from Johannesburg, South Africa and tragically crashed. Balkenende stated "This is a large group of Dutch nationals, after all, so it's a deeply sad message we have this day." The Royal Dutch Tourism Board confirmed that of the plane crash victims, 61 were from the Netherlands.
Rescuers have recovered 96 bodies of the 93 passengers and 11 crew, among the plane debris. Personal items and pieces of the plane have reportedly been strewn across a field in proximity of the Tripoli International Airport. Among the wreckage, a ten year old Dutch boy appears to be the only survivor. The boy boarded the flight in order to undergo surgery.
An official statement released early on May 12, 2010, confirmed the crash. "Afriqiyah Airways announces that our flight 771 had an accident during landing at Tripoli International Airport. At this moment, we have no information concerning possible casualties or survivors. Our information is that there were 93 passengers and 11 crew aboard. Authorities are conducting the search and rescue mission."
An investigation into the cause of the horrific crash is underway. Check back with us as the details emerge.