Families of Dutch crash victims arrive in Libya: agency

08:30, May 14, 2010      

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Dutch foreign ministry spokesman Christoph Prommersberger (C) inspects the scene where an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A-330 crashed during the process of landing at the Tripoli airport on Wednesday, in Tripoli, capital of Libya, May 13, 2010. According to the latest information released by Afriqiyah Airways on Wednesday evening, 59 Dutches died during the crash which killed all but one of the 104 people on board. The sole survivor of the accident was a 9-year-old Dutch boy. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

Families of several Dutch passengers killed in a Libyan plane crash in Tripoli arrived in the city on Thursday, official Libyan Jana news agency reported.

An Afriqiyah Airways plane crashed early on Wednesday on landing at Tripoli airport, killing 103 people, most of them Dutch, while a boy of the same nationality was the sole survivor of the crash.

The relatives of the passengers were accompanied by the Dutch Foreign Ministry's secretary general, a forensic medicine team, and a number of Dutch aviation safety experts, the report said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the ministry said that information from travel agencies, the airline, and customs authorities in Johannesburg, from where the plane took off, showed that 70 Dutch passengers were aboard the ill-fated flight.

"Thirty-eight of the victims were traveling with Stip (travel agency) and 24 with Kras (travel agency). Nine Dutch people had booked their flights themselves," a statement by the ministry said, noting that the nine people include the family of the nine-year- old boy Ruben, the sole survivor.



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