South Africa: Govt to Support Tripoli Plane Crash Families

13 May 2010

Pretoria — The Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Thursday said it was going to support the family members and relatives of those who died in a tragic plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday morning. At least seven South Africans are said to have been killed in the plane crash.

The crash killed 103 people, including 11 crew members. A 10-year-old boy miraculously survived the disaster and merely suffered a broken leg. Department spokesperson, Dayanand Naidoo, said government was still waiting for a passenger list from Libyan authorities, adding that the department had established an Emergency Call Centre (on 012 351 -1000) to assist family members with information they required.

The Afriqiyah Airways flight was travelling from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport via Libya when it exploded and disintegrated shortly before landing in Tripoli. Details about the recovery of the remains of the deceased are still unknown.

According to the department, this will be done once family members had identified their loved ones. The airline confirmed that 59 Dutch, seven South Africans, two Libyans, two Austrians, one German, one Zimbabwean, one French national, two British nationals, 17 Unknown (to be notified upon confirmation) and 11 Crew members (Libyan nationalities) were killed.

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