SA working with Libyan authorities on crash

2010-05-12 08:52

South Africa’s Department of International Relations and civil

aviation authorities were in contact with Libyan officials after a plane crash

in Tripoli on this morning.


Department spokesperson, Nomfanelo Kota, said: “We know that plane

departed from Johannesburg to Libya and we are liaising with both the South

African and Libyan civil aviation authorities. They will keep us

informed.”


The airline, Afriqiyah Airways, posted a short notice on its

website saying “flight 8U771 had an accident during landing at Tripoli

International airport at 04:00 UTC. (6am Tripoli time) today, Wednesday 12

May.


“At this moment we have no information concerning possible

casualties or survivors. Our information is that there were 93 passengers and 11

crew aboard. The competent authorities are conducting the search and rescue

mission.”


Agencies reported that the plane crash-landed and that only an

eight-year-old Dutch boy survived.

Kota said that people with relatives or

associates on board can contact 012 351 1000 and ask for the

consular section at the department of international relations, or they can

contact the airline.

 

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