Tripoli crash: 17 still unidentified

2010-05-13 11:34

Tripoli - The nationalities of 17 passengers who died when a Libyan plane crashed while attempting to land in Tripoli Wednesday have yet to be determined, a spokesman for the airline said on Thursday.

At least one German national was among the 103 victims of Wednesday's crash, the spokesperson  added in a phone interview with the German Press Agency dpa.

The Dutch Travel and Transport Association ANWB had previously said that at least 61 Dutch nationals were among the dead. Many of the passengers were reportedly Dutch tourists and tour operators returning from a trip to South Africa.

Reports have also listed 24 Libyans - including the plane's 11 crew members - among the victims.

At least four of the victims were from South Africa, local media reports said. In London, the Foreign Office said a number of Britons were feared dead.

Libyan state media reported that 96 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage and efforts were under way to identify them.

A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only survivor of the crash.

The Airbus A330 belonging to the state-owned Afriqiyah Airways was on a regular flight from Johannesburg to London, with a stopover in Tripoli. The plane came down on a plot of barren land just short of a runway at the airport, some 25km south of the city centre. Authors: Anne-Beatrice Clasmann, Yasmin El-Rifae