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Libya plane crash survivor back in the Netherlands

world Updated: May 15, 2010 18:35 IST

A nine-year-old Dutch boy, who was the only survivor of a Libyan plane crash, returned to the Netherlands Saturday, three days after the disaster killed his parents, brother and 100 others, the Dutch tourism federation said.

"The plane with the surviving boy has landed," at the Eindhoven military air base in the southern Netherlands, ANWB spokesman Markus van Tol said.

The Airbus A330-200 Air Afriqiyah Flight 771 crashed on landing in Tripoli killing 103 people on April 12, 2010.

Investigations indicated that the plane did not catch fire before hitting the ground, commission of inquiry chief Neji Dhaou said on Saturday.

"We have not found debris detached from the plane or evidence of fire before the accident," he said during a meeting of the commission with Libya's prosecutor general, quoted by the official news agency JANA.

"The fire broke out 400 metres (yards) from the initial impact with the ground," he said.
He said the plane's two black boxes would be sent to France, Britain or the United States for analysis, while his team would start to hear testimony from witnesses and awaited a report from an Alitalia pilot readying to take off at the time of Wednesday's crash.

On Friday, the commission chief said the pilot reported no technical problems before the accident. "Until the very last moment, things were normal between the pilot and the control tower," he told AFP.

"What I can confirm for now is that the aircraft struck the ground before reaching the runway," he said, adding that the investigators "have ruled out nothing for the moment."

The inquiry team is made up of Libyan and South African officials, as well as two French experts, five from manufacturer Airbus and two observers from the Netherlands.

Experts from the United States, which produced the engines, are also to join the commission.
Officials said 103 people died in the crash of the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 flight from Johannesburg in South Africa. There was one survivor, a nine-year-old Dutch boy who was flown home Saturday on an air ambulance.