Tourism board says 61 Dutch killed in Libyan crash

The Dutch tourism board says 61 of the victims of a plane crash in Libya were from the Netherlands — more than half of those on board.

Last Updated: May 12, 2010, 17:17 PM IST

Amsterdam: The Dutch tourism board says 61 of the victims of a plane crash in Libya were from the Netherlands — more than half of those on board.

The Royal Dutch Tourism Board ANWB released the figure on its website. One Dutch child survived Wednesday`s crash near Tripoli, the organization said. It did not give his age or condition.
Earlier, a Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane crashed Wednesday on approach to Tripoli`s airport, killing more than 100 people, the transport minister said. An 8-year-old Dutch boy was the only known survivor.

The airline said the Airbus A330-200 arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa was carrying 105 people — 94 passengers and 11 crew. The fate of the other 7 passengers was not immediately known.
Libyan state television showed a large field scattered with small and large pieces of plane debris and dozens of police and rescue workers with surgical masks and gloves, some of them carrying at least one body away. They gathered small personal items such as wallets and cell phones from the wreckage.

Bureau Report