Child survivor of Libyan crash prepares to go home
The nine-year-old Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Libyan capital prepared to fly home, three days after the disaster that killed his parents, brother, and 100 others.world Updated: May 15, 2010 11:58 IST
The nine-year-old Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Libyan capital prepared to fly home on Saturday, three days after the disaster that killed his parents, brother, and 100 others.
Dutch foreign ministry spokesman Christoph Prommersberger told AFP on Friday that Ruben van Assouw boy would be accompanied on the flight home "by his uncle and aunt and the doctor treating him."
They are set to leave Tripoli at 10:00 am (0800 GMT) for a destination in the Netherlands the ministry refused to disclose.
The aircraft is expected to leave from Matiga military airport in the capital. The Dutch federation of tour operators said the plane would land at the Eindhoven military airport.
The boy's aunt and uncle said that Ruben has been told that his mother, father and 11-year-old brother died in Wednesday's crash that killed a total of 103 people.
"We have explained to Ruben exactly what happened. He knows that his parents and his brother are dead," they said in a statement read to media in Tripoli.
It said Ruben was doing well under the circumstances and had seen the flowers and messages of support sent to him.
"The time ahead will be a difficult period for us," the statement said. "We hope that the media will respect our privacy."
Earlier Ruben told a Dutch newspaper he could remember nothing of the crash.
"My name is Ruben and I am from Holland," Telegraaf newspaper reported on a telephone conversation with the only survivor of the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 that disintegrated on landing at Tripoli airport.
"I am fine, but my legs hurt a lot," the boy told a reporter from the newspaper on the mobile phone of one of his doctors.
"I am in a hospital," Ruben said. "I don't know how I got here, I don't know anything more. I really want to go home."
An inquiry is under way into the crash.