The only survivor from a crashed Libyan airliner is said to be in a serious but stable condition. The ten-year-old boy who is believed to be Dutch was found alive in the wreckage of the Airbus.
All 103 other passengers and crew were killed.
The plane was flying from Johannesburg to the Libyan capital when it came down on its approach to Tripoli airport – The A330 had only been in service since September.
According to Libya’s minister for transport, the planes two flight recorders have been found. An investigation has been launched into the causes of the crash – it includes aircraft specialists and a representative from Airbus.
Officials say nationals from at least 10 countries were on the flight including more than sixty from the Netherlands. The 11 crew were all Libyan. Many were expecting to connect with other flights – mostly to Europe.
While the cause of the crash is not known, terrorism has been ruled out. Witnesses say the jet exploded on impact and totally disintegrated.
The aircraft is the same type as the Air France flight which crashed into the Atlantic in June last year. The cause of that crash has not been identified.