Wednesday, May 12, 2010

105 feared dead after Tripoli plane crash

A Libyan plane arriving from South Africa has crashed at Tripoli airport killing 105 people, a security official has told the AFP news agency. Among the dead were 94 passengers and 11 crew members, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In a statement on Airport authorities said there were 93 passengers and 11 crew aboard

The crash occurred at 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT) Wednesday when the plane, flight 771, was trying to land. The plane was an Airbus 330 operated by the Tripoli-based Afriqiyah Airways. A statement on their website said there were 93 passengers and 11 crew aboard and that a search and rescue mission was underway [SMH / Press TV / Air Afriqiyah]

Libya has several Airbus aircraft in its fleet [Air Afriqiyah]. The reason behind the crash is not yet known.

tvnewswatch, Beijing, China

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