Libyan jet carrying 104 crashes; Dutch child sole survivor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Dutch officials are trying to determine the identity of a child who appears to be the only survivor of a plane crash today in Libya.

Authorities say 104 people were on board the Libyan airliner when it went down on approach to Tripoli's airport. The Royal Dutch Tourism Board says 61 of the dead were from the Netherlands.

Libya's Transport Minister says 96 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage and crews are searching for the rest of the victims.

The survivor had been identified as a 10-year-old Dutch boy, but the Dutch Foreign Ninistry says it's not sure whether the child is a boy or a girl.

Libyan TV showed video of the dark-haired child lying in a hospital bed. Officials say the child is undergoing surgery for injuries, including broken bones. The Dutch Foreign Ministry says an embassy official plans to visit the hospital.

There's no word on the cause of the crash, but the weather conditions appeared fine.

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