Crash survivor's aunt and uncle have arrived in Tripoli to visit him
Linkedin

Crash survivor's aunt and uncle have arrived in Tripoli to visit him

Tripoli : Libya | May 14, 2010 at 10:01 PM PDT
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
Libyan plane crash killed 103 people

A 9-year-old boy, a Dutch citizen, is the sole survivor of the crash,

His mother, father and older brother were killed in the crash, Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Francesco Mascini said. His aunt and uncle have arrived in Tripoli to visit him, Mascini said.

The child, identified as Ruben van Assouw, suffered multiple fractures in his lower limbs and underwent an operation at Al Khadra Hospital in Tripoli, a doctor at the hospital said.

The boy has seen a Dutch Embassy representative and is sedated and asleep, she said Wednesday night local time.

He will undergo multiple scans Thursday, she said.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry, which had a representative at the hospital waiting to identify the boy, declined to confirm the child's name.

Afriqiyah Airways confirmed on its Web site late Wednesday that the other 92 passengers and 11 crew members were killed when the plane crashed while trying to land at the Tripoli International Airport.

The Afriqiyah Airways plane originated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Among the others killed were six South Africans, two Libyans, two Austrians, one German, one French person, one Zimbabwean and two British citizens, in addition to the 70 Dutch citizens.

A handful of other passengers' nationalities have yet to be identified. The 11 crew members were all Libyan.

The plane, an Airbus A330-200, was at the end of its nearly nine-hour flight when it crashed at 6 a.m.

"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," said Nicky Knapp, a representative of the Airports Company South Africa. She was speaking on behalf of Afriqiyah Airways.

Calling the incident a tragedy, Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, said the child's survival, "given this tragic event, is truly a miracle."

Officials recovered the plane's flight data recorder, which investigators use to piece together a flight's last minutes.

1 of 1
Crash survivor's aunt and uncle have arrived in Tripoli to visit him
pic
karasiwo is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • AFP: Libya plane crash survivor heads home

      NOW Lebanon
    Nine-year-old Dutch boy Ruben van Assouw, the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed 103 people, left for home on Saturday aboard a Libyan air ambulance, an AFP reporter said. He flew out from Matiga military airfield on the Cessna Citation jet...
  • Boy who survived Libya plane crash recovering well

      AP Online
    Netherlands (AP) — The family of a 9-year-old Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of last week's plane crash in Libya says he is recovering well in a Dutch hospital. Ruben van Assouw's parents and 11-year-old brother were among the 103...
  • Dutch survivor of air crash leaves Libya for home

      China News
    A Nine-year-old Dutch boy Ruben, the sole survivor of a plane crash in Libya on Wednesday, left Tripoli for home on Saturday with medical escort, official Libyan Jana news agency said. Ruben "left Libya after his health condition became stable," the...
  • Libyan crash survivor flying home

      The Age
    Dutch foreign ministry spokesman Christoph Prommersberger told AFP on Friday that Ruben van Assouw would be accompanied on the flight home "by his uncle and aunt and the doctor treating him"...The aircraft is expected to leave from Matiga military...
  • Nine-year-old plane crash survivor has been told his family is no more

      NewKerala
    The boy is reportedly coping well under the adverse circumstances. "We have explained to Ruben exactly what happened," said a statement from the boy''s aunt and uncle read out to media in Tripoli. "He knows that his parents and his brother are dead."...
  • Boy who survived plane crash back in Netherlands

      Yedioth Ahronoth
    An Associated Press cameraman saw the medical evacuation plane carrying the boy touch down at a military airport in Eindhoven, Netherlands.   Ruben van Assouw, 9, has been treated in Libya for multiple leg fractures. His parents and older brother...

Blogs

 >

Images

 >
 

Videos

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.