61 Dutch dead in Libyan air crash, boy survives: tourism body

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Sixty-one Dutch nationals died in the Libyan plane crash at Tripoli airport Wednesday, the Dutch tourism federation ANWB said, adding that a Dutch boy had survived.

"Sixty-one Dutch people were killed," when an Afriqiyah Airways plane from Johannesburg crashed around 6:00 am (0400 GMT), ANWB spokesman Ad Vonk told AFP.

Only one Dutch passenger, a boy, survived the crash, said Vonk. "He is in hospital."

The ANWB declined to give out any information on the victims or the lone survivor.

The 62 Dutch passengers had been in two separate organised tour groups on their way to Brussels and Dusseldorf, with a stop-over in Tripoli.

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende earlier told a press conference he had been informed that a Dutch child had been the only survivor, "but I don't have any further details".

Describing this as "sad news", the premier said embassy staff were at the scene of the crash "to offer help and to assess the situation on the ground."

A crisis team has also been set up in the foreign ministry.

"Our thoughts are with those who are waiting in uncertainty," said Balkenende.

© 2010 AFP

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