At least 96 people are dead after a plane crash at Tripoli’s airport in Libya. The only known survivor at this point is a ten-year-old Dutch boy.
A Libyan plane crashed Wednesday on approach to Tripoli’s airport, killing at least 96 people and leaving a field scattered with smoldering debris that included a large chunk of the tail painted with the airline’s brightly colored logo. A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only known survivor.
Afriqiyah Airways said its Airbus A330-200 arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa was carrying 104 people — 93 passengers and 11 crew. Libyan Transport Minister Mohammed Ali Zaidan said rescuers were still searching for the rest of the victims.
The Airbus A330-200 arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa was approaching the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli when it crashed at around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT, 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday) There was no immediate word on the cause, according to a statement by the airlines posted on its website.
Afriqiyah said flight 771 left Johannesburg at 1 a.m. Wednesday (2300 GMT Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday).
The airlines later issued a second statement saying a search-and-rescue operation at the crash site “has now been completed and casualties have been moved to various hospitals.”
It said Tripoli was the flight’s final destination.