Libya Aviation Accident: “Miracle” child survives horrific Tripoli plane crash
Tripoli, Libya—An aviation disaster claimed the lives of 103 individuals Wednesday morning, May 12, 2010, sparing only one person: an 8-year-old boy. The deadly plane crash occurred as an Afriqiyah Airways jet attempted to land at the Tripoli International Airport in Libya, as reported by CNN.
According to information provided, an Airbus A330-200 commercial passenger airliner was ending a nearly 9-hour commute from Johannesburg, South Africa when the unthinkable occurred.
As the plane attempted to land at Tripoli International Airport, it violently crashed at 6 a.m. As a result, 92 passengers and 11 crew members were killed. Of those fatally injured in the plane wreck, “58 passengers were Dutch, six South African, two Libyan, two Austrian, one German, one French, one Zimbabwean and two British. Another 19 passengers’ nationalities could not immediately be identified. The 11 crew members were all Libyan.”
The sole survivor, a Dutch citizen identified as Ruben van Assouw, was subsequently rushed to Al Khadra Hospital. Assouw reportedly suffered several broken bones and had to undergo surgical procedure after the horrific aviation accident occurred.
President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, with regard to the child’s survival noted, “given this tragic event, is truly a miracle.”
On behalf of Afriqiyah Airways, Airports Company South Africa representative Nicky Knapp stated, “We express our sincere regret and sadness on behalf of the airline. As well, we would like to express our condolences to the relatives and friends of those who had passengers on Flight 8U771 destined for Tripoli late last night, due to arrive around 6 o’clock this morning.”
Officials reportedly found the aircraft’s flight data recorder (FDR), or “black box”, and are expected to conduct a full and formal probe into the devastating Flight 771 plane crash.
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