Libya repatriates bodies of 32 Dutch crash victims

2nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The bodies of 32 Dutch citizens killed in a Libyan plane crash have been repatriated, an airline official said Wednesday as investigators continue the painstaking process of identifying other remains.

"So far the remains of 32 Dutch citizens were repatriated to The Netherlands," said Mohammed al-Messeyhi, head of international relations at Afriqiyiah Airways.

The bodies of six South African victims and the remains of a Zimbabwean were to be repatriated on Friday, he added.

A total of 103 people were killed when an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 flight from Johannesburg in South Africa disintegrated on landing at Tripoli on May 12.

Most of the victims were from The Netherlands, many with dual nationality. Other nationalities included Austrian, Belgian, British, French, German, Libyan, South African and Zimbabwean.

Libyan and Dutch experts have been carrying out the gruesome process of identifying the remains of passengers from the ill-fated flight and Libyan authorities have sought help from a laboratory in Britain, officials said.

The sole survivor from the disaster, nine-year-old Ruben van Assouw, was flown back home to the The Netherlands three days after the crash that killed his parents and brother.

© 2010 AFP

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