Air crash relatives arrive in Tripoli

2010-05-14 08:38

Relatives of some of the South Africans killed in the Afriqiyah

Airways crash in Libya earlier this week would begin the difficult task of

identifying remains today.


“They flew up last night and transited in Cairo. They would arrive

this morning,” said international relations consular director Dayanand

Naidoo.


The airline said 13 South Africans were on board when the plane

crashed as it was about to land in Tripoli, killing 103 people.


Only a small Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, survived.


The department said it would not release information of those who

died until it was absolutely certain about all the details but the airline said

there were also one Zimbabwean, two Libyans, two Austrians, one German, one

French, one British and four Belgian nationals and the 11 crew members were

Libyan.


On their arrival in Tripoli, relatives would be met by embassy

staff and accommodated at a hotel and would have emotional support for the day

ahead.


The plane took off from OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday

night, and crashed as it was about to land on Wednesday morning, breaking up

over a wide space.


Libya asked French investigators to assist their civil aviation

department with determining a cause for the crash.

 

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