One Briton on crashed Libyan jet: official

12th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

At least one Briton was on the Libyan plane which crashed on landing in Tripoli on Wednesday killing 103 people, the Foreign Office said.

"We can confirm that at least one British national was on board," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said, adding that officials were urgently seeking further details.

Many passengers on the plane, which came from South Africa, had been due to transfer in Tripoli onto a flight to London's Gatwick airport, and officials there said they had set up a reception centre for relatives of the victims.

"Anyone travelling from Johannesburg to Gatwick would normally have landed in Tripoli and then taken another Afriqiyah plane to Gatwick," said an airport spokesman, referring to the airline whose plane crashed.

"We are reliant on the airline to get more information but at the moment we have established a reception centre here for relatives of those on the plane."

Sixty-one Dutch citizens were killed but an eight-year-old boy survived the crash. Libya's transport minister has ruled out terrorism.

© 2010 AFP

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