Libyan Plane Crash; 100 feared dead

At least 100 people were killed in the crash of a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane with 104 people aboard as it attempted to land at Tripoli’s airport early Wednesday, the transport minister said.

The Johannesburg departure flight ended with the plane broken into scattered pieces in a large field. The head of the European Parliament said an 8-year-old child survived the crash, calling it “truly a miracle.”

Jerzy Buzek said he had been told about 100 people on board the flight died.

Officials were trying to get hold of a copy of the passenger list, a spokesman added.

The airline released this statement on its Web site [sic]:

“we are very sorry to announce the tragic loss of afriqiyah airways flight 8u 771 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 and casualties have been moved to various hospitals. the secretariat of health will issue a statement on the condition of those casualties.

“our prime objective is to prevent accidents from happenning and every effort is being done address any failure in our safety management system. at this moment we cannot speculate further and will relay to you all factual information as we receive them”

The child who survived a Dutch national is now in hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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