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About 100 Dead After Jet Crashes In Libya; Dutch Boy Reportedly Survived

There's been a plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, and about 100 people are dead, the Associated Press reports.

There are also reports of one survivor — a 10-year-old Dutch boy. NPR's Eleanor Beardley says Libya's Transport Ministry has confirmed those reports.

As the BBC reports, the Afriqiya Airways flight from Johannesburg was attempting to land. Eleanor says Afriqiya is "a Libyan state-owned company created in 2001 (that) mostly links central and Francophone Africa with European capitals ... via Tripoli." The plane that crashed is reported to have been an Airbus A330-200.

According to the AP:

"The Dutch tourism board says 61 of the victims of a plane crash in Libya were from the Netherlands — more than half of those on board."

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET. The BBC reports that:

"Nicky Knapp, a spokeswoman for Airports Company South Africa, said seven passengers were booked to connect to London Gatwick Airport, 32 to Brussels, 42 to Dusseldorf in Germany, and one to Charles de Gaulle in Paris."

Update at 9:15 a.m. ET: The AP now reports that there were 104 people on board the plane, and that the Dutch boy is the "only known survivor."



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