No word on cause of Tripoli crash

2010-05-18 21:14

Johannesburg - The local managers of Afriquiyah Airways on Tuesday were still waiting to hear what caused last week's plane crash in Libya which left 103 people dead.

Aviareps' manager Charmaine Thome said they had not heard anything yet, but investigators were still busy with the painstaking task of trying to figure out what caused the crash in the final minutes of a flight from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport to Tripoli last Wednesday.

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

According to the airline there were 13 South Africans on board.

Relatives had travelled to Tripoli to help identify remains and arrange for repatriation.

Associated Press reported that Naji Dhou, the head of the Libyan committee investigating the crash, said preliminary results indicated the plane had diverted about four degrees from the runway and landed about 400m in front of it.

The debris from the crash was scattered over a more than 800m² area, but investigators had only covered a small fraction of that so far.

South Africa's department of international relations said it would continue to help wherever it could.