Child miraculously survives deadly Afriqiyah Airways plane crash in Tripoli, Libya
A young child has miraculously survived a deadly plane crash in Libya, which claimed the lives of everyone else on board, Libyan officials said Wednesday.
"All of the passengers and crew died except for one child," a Libyan security source told Reuters at Tripoli airport. "There were 93 passengers and 11 crew on board."
Libya's Transport Minister Mohamed Zidan said the child, who holds a Dutch passport, was in the hospital.
The child did not have life-threatening injuries, the minister told a news conference near the crash site.
The casualties included 22 Libyans, including passengers and crew, and the rest were of various nationalities, a Libyan official at the airport said.
The Airbus A330-200 belonging to Afriqiyah Airways was arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa and was coming in to land when it crashed at around 6 a.m.
According to initial reports, the plane crashed as it neared the threshold of Tripoli International's main east-west runway, while preparing to touch down from the east.
In Johannesburg, Afriqiyah's office said it was still trying to provide a breakdown of the nationality of passengers.