Boy who survived plane crash undergoing surgery: Dutch ministry

12th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

A boy who survived Wednesday's Libyan plane crash at Tripoli airport, was undergoing surgery at a Tripoli hospital for broken bones, the Dutch foreign ministry said.

"He is being operated on for fractures from the crash," ministry spokeswoman Ozlem Canel told AFP in The Hague.

"We don't know how serious his injuries are. We know he is being operated on for fractures," she said.

The boy, who Libyan officials said was Dutch and eight years old, was the only survivor when an Afriqiyah Airways plane from Johannesburg crashed around 6:00 am (0400 GMT).

A total of 103 people died -- 61 of them Dutch citizens, according to the Dutch tourism federation ANWB.

Canel said the government could not confirm that the boy was, indeed, Dutch.

"We don't know for absolutely sure that he is a Dutch citizen," she said. "Hopefully when the operation is over and we are able to see the boy, then we will be able to confirm that he is a Dutch citizen."

© 2010 AFP

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