A 10-year-old Dutch boy is the sole survivor of an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 jet that crashed on approach at an airport in Tripoli Wednesday.
Among the dead are 61 Dutch nationals, but identities and countries of origin for all passengers have not yet been released. Also present on Afriqiyah Airways Flight 8U771 were British and South African passengers, as well as 11 Libyan crew members. The BBC released information on final destinations for the passengers aboard the plane:
Nicky Knapp, a spokeswoman for Airports Company South Africa, said seven passengers were booked to connect to Gatwick in London, 32 to Brussels, 42 to Dusseldorf in Germany, and one to Charles de Gaulle in Paris.
Afriqiyah Airlines released a statement regarding the incident on their website:
“We are very sorry to announce the tragic loss of Afriqiyah Airways flight 8U771 from Johannesburg in an accident during landing at Tripoli International Airport at 04:00 UTC (06:00 am Tripoli time) today Wednesday 12 May.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. The search and rescue mission has now been completed.”
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, but officials say they have ruled out terrorism as a factor in the incident. Bodies of 96 of the 93 passengers and 11 crew members have been recovered.