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Over 100 dead in Tripoli airport plane crash, 8-year-old sole survivor
The Times of India ^ | May 12, 2010, 02.01pm IST | The Times of India

Posted on 05/12/2010 3:03:18 AM PDT by James C. Bennett

TRIPOLI: An eight-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor when a Libyan plane arriving from South Africa exploded on landing at Tripoli airport on Wednesday, killing more than 100 people, officials said.

Afriqiyah Airways listed 93 passengers and 11 crew members on board its flight 8U771 from Johannesburg.

"I can confirm the crash but not the number of the dead," said Bongani Sithole, an official of the airline at Johannesburg airport. "We hear that it happened one metre (yard) away from the runway."

A Libyan security official earlier said that all those on board the Airbus A330 had died but an airport official said in fact a Dutch boy had survived and been rushed to hospital near Tripoli.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of the crash, which occurred as the Afriqiyah Airways plane was landing after a flight from Johannesburg at around 6 am (0400 GMT).

"It exploded on landing and totally disintegrated," the security official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The crew members were all Libyan nationals, the official added.

An AFP correspondent said the crash site had been sealed off by security officials and ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen rushing between the airport and the capital, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) apart.

The wreckage could be seen in the distance but no plumes of smoke were evident. Weather conditions were good at Tripoli on Wednesday morning, with only light clouds in the sky.

Afriqiyah Airways said on its website that it operates an Airbus fleet.

It started operations with five leased planes and signed a contract with Airbus at an exhibition in Paris in 2007 for the purchase of 11 new planes, the website said.

It was founded in April 2001 and at first fully owned by the Libyan state. The company's capital was later divided into shares to be managed by the Libya-Africa Investment Portfolio.

On April 21, the airline announced that flights were back to normal after disruptions due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that grounded flights in Europe last month.

Last June, a 12-year-old girl was the sole survivor of a Yemeni plane crash off the Comoros.


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KEYWORDS: africa; afriqiyah; afriqiyahairways; capital; capitaloflibya; crash; libya; libyacapital; libyan; libyanplane; libyatripoli; planecrash; survivor; tripoli; tripolilibya

1 posted on 05/12/2010 3:03:18 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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“It exploded on landing and totally disintegrated,” the security official told AFP....”

“The wreckage could be seen in the distance but no plumes of smoke were evident.”

Interesting that if “totally disintegrated” the wreckage could be “seen in the distance”.

Curious...explosion on landing?

Prayers for all.


2 posted on 05/12/2010 3:25:12 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (The Left draws criminals as excrement draws flies. The Left IS a criminal organization.)
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To: James C. Bennett
On April 21, the airline announced that flights were back to normal after disruptions due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that grounded flights in Europe last month.

Engine problems caused by volcanic ash? We'll likely never know for certain, considering it happened in Libya.

3 posted on 05/12/2010 3:28:53 AM PDT by browardchad ("Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own fact." - Daniel P Moynihan)
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To: James C. Bennett

Underwear bomber made a successful attempt to blow up a plane filled with whites from South Africa. Is this a possibility? They have figured out how the underwear bomber bomb failed and strived to achieve a successful attempt. Now watch more planes blow up just prior to landing.


4 posted on 05/12/2010 4:10:59 AM PDT by hondact200 ( Lincoln Freed the Enslaved. Obama Enslaves the Free. Obama is Americas Greatest Threat)
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To: James C. Bennett

The wimpy bomber savored the last moment of life possible.


5 posted on 05/12/2010 4:15:13 AM PDT by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
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To: James C. Bennett

Hmmm wonder if a bomb was placed in the landing gear or tires....Then the force of touching the ground detinated it?????? Any way to test for that?


6 posted on 05/12/2010 4:16:05 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hondact200
62 or 63 Dutch killed a 8 ear old boy survived..Dutch PM announced
7 posted on 05/12/2010 4:54:14 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: James C. Bennett
Anybody know if the Tripoli Airport is the former Wheelus Air Base there? Just curious.
8 posted on 05/12/2010 5:21:16 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: browardchad
Most of North Africa was shut down to air travel yesterday due to volcanic ash.

Guess there's more than one way to blow up your engines and stuff!

9 posted on 05/12/2010 5:25:10 AM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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"We hear that it happened one metre (yard) away from the runway."

Very strange indeed...
10 posted on 05/12/2010 5:58:24 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: muawiyah
Most of North Africa was shut down to air travel yesterday due to volcanic ash.

Really? What is going on on that front today, where is the cloud?

11 posted on 05/12/2010 5:59:25 AM PDT by riri
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To: James C. Bennett

Prayers up.

You should ask the Mods to add (Libya) after Tripoli in the title so as to avoid confusion with Tripoli, Lebanon.


12 posted on 05/12/2010 6:02:19 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: James C. Bennett; Quix

So sorry to hear of this.


13 posted on 05/12/2010 6:06:22 AM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: James C. Bennett
There was no immediate indication of the cause of the crash, ....

The crew members were all Libyan nationals, the official added.


14 posted on 05/12/2010 6:19:31 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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Prayers up for the victims and the 8 year old survivor.


15 posted on 05/12/2010 6:35:49 AM PDT by Justaham
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We hear that it happened one metre (yard) away from the runway.”
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Does this mean it hadnt quite landed ???

A bomb on board ???


16 posted on 05/12/2010 6:49:51 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Joya

AAARGH.


17 posted on 05/12/2010 7:18:52 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: rockinqsranch

Flight from Johannesburg crashes less than a month before the World Cup, the timing is suspicious.


18 posted on 05/12/2010 7:21:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: montanajoe; All

Geert Wilders is Dutch. I don’t like the sound of this. Wonder who the Dutch people on the flight were - members of Geert’s Freedom Party perhaps?


19 posted on 05/12/2010 7:28:06 AM PDT by ync1994
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Reading info on a couple of commercial pilot message boards about it...it’s sandstorm season in Libya, and visibility was supposedly low due to fog/haze at the time of the accident. The runway used doesn’t have an instrument landing system approach, just older VOR and NDB approaches that don’t provide vertical guidance.

}:-)4


20 posted on 05/12/2010 7:37:01 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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To: James C. Bennett

Also, the aircraft came down about a mile short of the runway, roughly lined up with it.

}:-)4


21 posted on 05/12/2010 7:43:47 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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so it exploded before wheels down ?


22 posted on 05/12/2010 8:06:10 AM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquers Czar)
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No, for whatever reason, it hit the ground about a mile short of the runway. What shape it was in when it touched down, that’s not known (or at least reported) yet. Apparently it was landing at sunrise, directly into the sun, on a runway known for having unreliable electronic navigation aids (and no vertical guidance). Not saying that there wasn’t potentially some foul play involved, but it’s also quite likely to be pilot error on the approach. It’s too early to tell.

The one thing that the professional pilots over at pprune.org (a UK-based pilot’s forum) noticed is that the wreckage seems awfully fragmented for a relatively low-speed landing crash. There aren’t many big chunks of aircraft left. They’re guessing that it may have cartwheeled, possibly the pilots realized they were low and tried to pull out in a turn and one wing hit the ground first. Again, just conjecture, it’s too early to know.

}:-)4


23 posted on 05/12/2010 8:14:12 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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