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Dutch child survives in Libyan plane crash

March 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Libyan aviation officials are investigating the plane crash that killed 103 people at Tripoli International Airport yesterday.

The sole survivor, a Dutch child, has been admitted to a hospital. According to Dutch officials, 61 of their citizens were killed in the crash. The dead also included passengers from Libya, South Africa, Germany, Britain and France.

The nine-year-old survivor of the Tripoli plane crash has been named as Ruben van Assouw from Tilberg, his brother and parents perished after a holiday to celebrate his parents’ ninth wedding anniversary ended in tragedy.

He has been named after relatives saw the television footage of him in a Libyan hospital.
Ruben survived but his brother Enzo, 11, was killed in the crash along with their mother Trudy, 41, and father Patrick, 40 who were returning from safari in South Africa after celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary as a family.

Some nine hours after the 6 a.m. crash, the child had surgery at a Tripoli hospital where medical staff said his condition was not life-threatening.

“The boy suffered broken legs and was injured in the head,” a hospital official told reporters after the child came out of the operating theatre.

His grandmother, An van de Sande has confirmed that she had “received a telephone call” from officials to say the boy, being treated in a Libyan hospital, had named himself as Ruben.
She said that other family members had become alerted to the tragedy after seeing pictures of Ruben being treated by Libyan medics.

“We don’t understand it. It’s like we’re in a movie,” she said.
Ruben’s uncle and aunt have now arrived in Tripoli on board a ministry plane and are being taken to hospital to see the boy.

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