Today (May 12 2009) Al Afriqiyah Flight 8U771 (Airbus 330-200) that was flying from Johannesburg (South Africa) crashed yards before the Tripoli Airport at Libya. Among the 104 passengers ( 93 passengers and 11 crew) only one person survived – one Dutch child aged between 8 to 10 years.
“The little boy has now come out of surgery, he was treated for fractures suffered during the crash,” a Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesperson told ABC News.
“We hope our colleagues will be able to see him soon to establish his identity,” she said.
With his head bandaged 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.
It seems like a miracle that the boy was saved during the horrible plane crash.
There have been other cases of sole survivors of plane crash. Overall there have been 14 sole survivors of a plane crash and surprisingly 10 of them have been children.
Last June, a 14-year-old French girl was the sole survivor of a Yemeni plane crash off the Comoros Islands.
Bahia Bakari attributed her survival to being ‘ejected’ from the Airbus A310 which broke up on a flight from Paris.
She is thought to have escaped through a small gap in the broken fuselage.
Her size, youth, and good health were all viewed as vital factors in enabling her to survive.