Plane Crash In Libya 'Kills More Than 100 On Board'

A passenger plane has crashed at Tripoli airport, killing more than 100 people on board, Libyan officials say. The Afriqiyah Airways flight from Johannesburg had been due arrive at 0400 GMT. The plane crashed as it attempted to land, the airline said. Officials say 93 passengers and 11 crew were on board the Airbus 330. They are said to be of various nationalities, including British and South African. The sole survivor was a Dutch child, a Libyan minister said.

 

A passenger plane has crashed at Tripoli airport, killing more than 100 people on board, Libyan officials say.

The Afriqiyah Airways flight from Johannesburg had been due arrive at 0400 GMT. The plane crashed as it attempted to land, the airline said.

Officials say 93 passengers and 11 crew were on board the Airbus 330. They are said to be of various nationalities, including British and South African.

The sole survivor was a Dutch child, a Libyan minister said.

The Dutch foreign ministry has said a number of Dutch nationals were on board, AFP news agency reported.

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Some passengers on board had been due to connect with flights for Europe.

The 11 crew member were all thought to be Libyan nationals, an employee said.

Afriqiyah Airways later said on its website that Flight 8U771 had an accident during landing at Tripoli airport.

Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said said it was "aware of reports that there were British nationals on board the flight, but this has not been confirmed".

"We are urgently investigating. A consular team from the British Embassy are on their way to the airport. Consular staff in Tripoli are urgently seeking further details," it said.

'Totally disintegrated'

Libya's state TV showed footage of a field scattered with pieces of plane debris, and police and rescuers walking with surgical masks and gloves.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Some reports suggest the plane crashed very close to the runway.

"It exploded on landing and totally disintegrated," a Libyan security official told AFP.

The BBC's Rana Jawad in Tripoli says that the airport is currently sealed off and ambulances have been going back and forth to the airport.

Our correspondent adds that the weather has been sunny and clear over the past few days.

Afriqiyah Airways is a Libyan airline that was founded in 2001.

 

source : bbc