105 dead in Libya plane crash

2010-05-12 08:20

A Libyan plane arriving from South Africa crashed today at Tripoli

airport killing all 105 people on board, a security official said.


Among the dead were 94 passengers and 11 crew members, the official

said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


There was no immediate indication of the cause of the crash, which

occurred as the Afriqiyah Airways plane was landing after a flight from

Johannesburg at around 6am.


The official said: “All 94 passengers and 11 crew members who were

on board were killed.”


Afriqiyah Airways said on its website that it operates an Airbus

fleet.


It started operations with five leased planes and signed a contract

with Airbus at an exhibition in Paris in 2007 for the purchase of 11 new planes,

the website said.


It was founded in April 2001 and at first fully owned by the Libyan

state.

The company’s capital was later divided into shares to be managed by the

Libya-Africa Investment Portfolio.


On April 21, the airline announced that flights were back to normal

after disruptions due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that grounded

flights in Europe last month.

 

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