The South African government has released the names of all its nationals, who died in the tragic air crash in Tripoli, Libya on May 12, 2010. In total 10 South African citizens have lost their lives among the 103 confirmed dead., Libyan Afriqiyah Airways flight -771 left Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport at 1.am local time on Wednesday May 12, 2010. The plane was due to land in Tripoli International Airport at 6.am local time that same day., Authorities are still investigating what caused the explosion when the plane hit the ground some 1.5 km before touchdown on the appointed runway on the east side of the airport.
Radio news reports in South Africa reveal that only one person, a 10-year-old Dutch boy survived the horrific crash. He and his family had been visiting South Africa. His parents and 11-year-old brother will be meeting him at the Tripoli hospital, where he underwent life-saving surgery and the operation of two broken legs. Reports said that the boy had traveled alone, en route to The London's Gatwick Airport via Tripoli, and his family were to follow later. Local news media have suggested that the "miracle survivor", boy may have a special mission in life as it was impossible to survive such an accident.
Reports said that among the victims was award-winning writer Bridgid O'Mara (aka Bree). South Africans confirmed dead in the crash include Cathrine Tillett, Nigel Peter, Anton Mathee, Robert Webber, Hans Wolfaardt, Norbert and Paula Taferner and Faeza Patel (who was a teacher in the UK).
SHOCK THERAPY COUNSELLING
The South African Embassy in Tripoli has opened a crisis management center in Tripoli International Airport to assist the arriving families who will be identifying the early remains of their beloved ones. A crisis centre was also set up on Wednesday at the Inter Continental Hotel opposite OR Tambo International Airport. South African Airport company ACSA said Thursday that they are working together with Afriqiyah Airways to assist all families effected., South African authorities have not ruled out the fact that the number of South Africans dead could rise as 18 of the deceased still await identification.
ACSA said that the airline company would also most likely officially release the entire list of passengers on board Flight-771., Officials from aircraft manufacturing group Airbus, announced that they had sent a group of their own investigators to Tripoli where they will carry out what they called an "exhaustive probe" at the site of the crash of their Airbus A330-200 aircraft.