103 Dead in Libyan Plane Crash; One Boy Survives

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Afriqiyah Airways Flight 8U 771 from Johannesburg, South Africa crashed on its landing at Libya's Tripoli International Airport today.

The BBC reports that 93 passengers and 11 crew members were on board the plane. Most of the passengers are thought dead, except a 10-year-old Dutch child, according to the European Parliament. Dutch authorities say that 61 victims of the crash were Dutch.

From Libya's capitol, Tripoli, the plane was headed to London Gatwick Airport. The cause of the crash is not yet known as the weather was clear over Tripoli's airport.

Since the flight terminated in London, British authorities are worried that many of the passengers on board may have been British citizens. "We are urgently investigating," Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office told The BBC. "A consular team from the British Embassy are on their way to the airport. Consular staff in Tripoli are urgently seeking further details."

Afriqiyah Airways was established in 2001 by the Libyan government.

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