Boy Only Known Survivor of Libyan Plane Crash

Ad Feedback

Terrorism is being ruled out as a factor in Wednesday's deadly plane crash in Libya.

Officials  said everyone on the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa, was killed except a young Dutch boy. Miraculously, the10-year-old only suffered broken legs.

Witnesses said the plane exploded just before landing at Tripoli's international airport. Libyan state television showed dozens of rescue workers and police still sifting through a large field of smoldering debris.

Mohammed Ali Zaidan, Libya's transport minister, said 96 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. The plane was carrying 104 passengers and crew -- 61 of the victims were from the Netherlands.

"This is a large group of Dutch nationals after all, so it's a deeply sad message we have this day," Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said, registering his shock over the incident.

Dutch flags were lowered and campaigning for the June 9 parliamentary elections was suspended in respect for the dead. Hundreds of people phoned emergency numbers to ask about family and friends while authorities at other destination airports set up crisis centers.

Investigators have recovered the plane's flight recorder and hope to learn what happened in the final moments.

Authorities are also trying to confirm the boy's identity and to find his family members.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  


Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBN News

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.