Amazing how someone can survive an air crash while everyone else died. Almost like a miracle.
|Rescuers found Ruben still strapped into his seat at one end of a large debris field after the plane crashed while trying to land in the Libyan capital Tripoli, said Libyan safety official Col. Baloul al-Khoja. Kronenburg said they noticed he was still breathing. "That's why they noticed that he was still alive," he said.
Al-Khoja said Ruben was semiconscious and unresponsive, bleeding moderately from the wounds to his legs. As they began moving him around, the shock began to wear off and he felt the pain in his legs, but he did not cry a lot.
Ruben was found about half a mile from a big piece of the tail section, indicating he may have been sitting in the front of plane when it shattered into pieces.
|The Airbus A330-200 was completing a more than seven-hour flight across the African continent from Johannesburg when it crashed. More than half of the crash victims were Dutch tourists who had been vacationing in South Africa.
Transportation Minister Mohammed Zaidan told The Associated Press that a joint investigation into the cause of the crash was under way involving investigators from the United States, France, South Africa, the Netherlands and Libya.
He said the two black boxes recovered from the crash site had been turned over to the team but he wouldn't comment further pending the investigation's completion.
Officials also had no immediate explanation for how the boy survived the crash that killed everyone else on the plane.
But there have been at least five cases this decade of a single survivor in a commercial plane crash. Last summer, a young girl was found clinging to wreckage 13 hours after a plane went down in the water off the Comoros Islands.
Afriqiyah Airways said Flight 771 was carrying 93 passengers and 11 crew.
It said the passengers included 58 Dutch, six South Africans, two Libyans, two Austrians, one German, one Zimbabwean, one French national and two Britons. The nationality of 19 more passengers has yet to be established, it said in a later statement. All 11 crew members were Libyan, it added.
However, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said it now believes 70 Dutch people were among those killed, including 61 who apparently had been booked by two travel agencies.