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An 8-year-old Dutch child named Ruben van Ashout is the sole survivor of crashed passenger jet, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, Johannesburg to Tripoli, May 12 2010, reports Daily Mail, London. A doctor in the Libyan
PTI May 13, 2010 13:25 IST
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An 8-year-old Dutch child named Ruben van Ashout is the sole survivor of crashed passenger jet, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, Johannesburg to Tripoli, May 12 2010, reports Daily Mail, London.

A doctor in the Libyan capital said Ruben van Ashout was in a stable condition after the miracle survival. The child had undergone some form of surgery but was doing well.

It's not yet known how Ruben van Ashout was able to survive, with all else on board perishing in the tragedy.



With his head bandaged, his face bruised and battered, and breathing through an oxygen mask, this is the sole survivor of 104 passengers and crew on board a Libyan Airbus that crashed in landing at Tripoli airport this morning.The Dutch boy, believed to be between eight and ten years old, is being treated at a Tripoli hospital after he was flung clear by the explosion as Afriqiyah Flight 8U771 disintegrated just one metre from the runway.

He appears to have escaped with minor injuries including broken bones. He is expected to survive.

The flight from Johannesburg was due to land in Tripoli just after 6am today. Earlier, airline officials had said it was due to continue on to Gatwick after the stop, however officials later clarified that seven passengers had been due to make a connecting flight to Gatwick in Tripoli on another plane.  

The Foreign Office has confirmed that at least one British national died on board the flight. It is still trying to confirm if there were other Britons on board. 'All of the passengers and crew died except one child... There were 93 passengers and 11 crew on board,' the source said.



Flight 8U771 from Johannesburg crashed just one metre from the runway, exploding on impact and 'completely disintegrating', aviation sources told Mail Online.  

The Dutch boy appears to have been miraculously flung to safety from the wreckage, the source said.

He has been rushed to hospital, where he is being treated for various injuries including broken bones. ‘It's an absolute miracle that he got out,' said one. ‘He's been rushed to hospital in Tripoli, but it's hard to tell what kind of  condition he's in.

‘The plane crashed next to the runway. It was around a metre away.'The body of the plane completely disintegrated, meaning most people would have died straight away.'

Of the 96 so far confirmed dead, 61 were Dutch, one British.There were 22 Libyans on board the flight, including all 11 of the crew. The rest of the passengers had several different nationalities, said the official.



Airports Company South Africa spokeswoman Nicky Knapp confirmed seven passengers had been due to disembark the doomed aircraft in Tripoli and board another plane for London.

Dozens of others were scheduled to take connecting flights to other European destinations.

Speaking at a press conference at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, Mrs Knapp said: 'Seven passengers were due to board another plane to Gatwick after landing in Tripoli.

'32 were due to board a plane for Brussels, 42 for Dusseldorf and one for Paris. 'Eleven passengers were due to end their journey in Tripoli.'

An Afriqiyah staff member in Johannesburg said the airline uses Tripoli as its hub but routes through to London, Paris and other destinations.'

The British Embassy in Libya confirmed a team had been dispatched to the airport in Tripoli.

Deputy Consul Arvinder Vohra and local staff have been in meetings with the airline to determine victims' identities.