Libyan Airbus A330-200 Crashes, One Survivor

May 12, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A closeup shows the tail of an Afriqiyah Airways passenger plane which crashed during landing at Tripoli airport on May 12, killing more than 100 people. A ten-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor.  (Mahmud Turkia/Getty Images)
A closeup shows the tail of an Afriqiyah Airways passenger plane which crashed during landing at Tripoli airport on May 12, killing more than 100 people. A ten-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor. (Mahmud Turkia/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM—An Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 airliner crashed early morning in the Libyan capital Tripoli when attempting to land, killing all but one passenger.

A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only survivor of the plane crash, which killed 103 people. The Airbus A330-200 left Johannesburg, South Africa with 62 of those on board being Dutch nationals, said the Royal Dutch Tourism Board.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said in a press conference that he was “shocked” by the news of the plane crash.

Other victims reportedly include German, Libyan, British, South African, Finnish, Zimbabwean, Philippine and French residents. Eleven of the victims were crew members.

It is unclear what caused the Airbus A330-200 airliner to crash. The possibility of an ash cloud coming from an Iceland volcano or a terrorist attack have been ruled out as causes by officials.

The survival of the 10-year-old boy has been described as miraculous by emergency crews. He is being treated for broken bones and was reported as being conscious when taken away from the crash site.

The crashed airplane had been released from production in 2009, and its final flight was the 420th on record.

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