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Libya Air Crash : The Europe Connection

May 12, 2010 - 2:58 PM | by: Greg Palkot

LONDON  Investigators are going through the rubble of a horrific crash in Libya today.  104 people were on board.  The lone known survivor was a young Dutch child said to be in stable condition in a Tripoli airport.

The plane was bound from Johannesburg South Africa to Tripoli.  French media is reporting most of the passengers were connecting to European airports including Brussels, Belgium, Duesseldorf, Germany, Paris, and London’s Gatwick Airport. 

Among the dead were at least 61 Dutch and 22 Libyans.  It has been reported Germans were also among the victims.   The UK Foreign Office tells Fox News they are checking reports that British nationals were on board.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.  From the nature of the distintegrated rubble at the scenes Dutch media is suggesting the plane went down “hard and fast.”

According to Dutch sources the pilot radio-ed ahead to have ambulances ready at the airport.   A passenger also “twittered” from the plane that he saw something wrong with one of the wings.

Libyan authorities are ruling out terror and any impact with the Icelandic ash cloud which is affecting other African airports.   The plane’s black box has been recovered.   French and Dutch officials we are told are travelling to Libya.

While African air credibility has been questioned, as well as Tripoli airport authorities, there have been no serious safety issues concerning the Tripoli-based Afriqiya firm involved.   And while the Airbus model in the crash has had prior incidents it does not have a bad record.  This was a relatively new plane.