A Dutch boy who was the only survivor of a plane crash in Libya is said to be out of danger after surgery.
The boy, identified as Ruben, had operations on both legs which had suffered multiple fractures.
The family, who lived in the southern Dutch city of Tilburg, had been on a safari in South Africa. Ruben’s parents and brother were killed in the crash.
A classmate of the boy said he could not recognise his friend when he saw the pictures of him in hospital. “Ruben’s a cheerful person who laughs all the time,” said Dimmy de Hough. “He plays a lot with Lego in the classroom. He has a lot of friends. Everyone in the class like him. He never gets into a fight and always plays outside and we always play hide and seek together.”
It is thought that up to seventy Dutch nationals were among the hundred and three victims of the crash. International experts have begun investigating why the Airbus A330 came down at Tripoli airport after a flight from Johannesburg. The plane run by the Libyan airline Afriqiyah Airways was virtually new; the Libyan government has ruled out terrorism.