A 10-year-old boy survived a passenger plane crash in Libya that killed more than 100 people, an official said Wednesday. The boy was undergoing surgery at a hospital in the Libyan capital of Tripoli after the Afriqiyah Airways plane that left Johannesburg crashed as it neared the end of its flight. The Dutch Foreign ministry sent a representative to the hospital to identify the boy, believed to be a Dutch national.
The plane, an Airbus A330-200, was carrying 93 passengers and 11 crew members when it crashed while trying to land at the Tripoli International Airport. The Tripoli-based Afriqiyah (Arabic for “African”) operates flights to four continents. The planes in the fleet carry the logo 9.9.99 — the date when the African Union was formed.