Libya rules out terrorism in plane crash

2010-05-12 11:22

Libya’s Transport Minister Mohammed Ali Zidan ruled out terrorism

as the cause of a plane crash at Tripoli airport today that officials said

killed more than 100 people.

“We have definitely ruled out the theory that the crash was the

result of an act of terrorism,” Zidan told a media conference.

He said that while the nationalities of the victims of the flight

from South Africa that was reportedly due to fly on for London’s Gatwick airport

had yet to be assessed, “I can say that there are Libyans, Africans and

Europeans.”

No official death toll has been given but Afriqiyah Airways listed

93 passengers and 11 crew members on board its flight 8U771 from Johannesburg,

which crashed on landing at Tripoli airport.

A security official said all those on board were killed but an

airport official later said an eight-year-old Dutch boy had miraculously

survived and had been rushed to hospital. – Sapa-AFP


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