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Libya rules out terrorism in plane crash

world Updated: May 12, 2010 15:20 IST

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Libya's Transport Minister Mohammed Ali Zidan ruled out terrorism as the cause of a plane crash at Tripoli airport on Wednesday that officials said killed more than 100 people.

"We have definitely ruled out the theory that the crash was the result of an act of terrorism," Zidan told a media conference.

He said that while the nationalities of the victims of the flight from South Africa that was reportedly due to fly on for London's Gatwick airport had yet to be assessed, "I can say that there are Libyans, Africans and Europeans."

No official death toll has been given but Afriqiyah Airways listed 93 passengers and 11 crew members on board its flight 8U771 from Johannesburg, which crashed on landing at Tripoli airport.

A security official said all those on board were killed but an airport official later said an eight-year-old Dutch boy had miraculously survived and had been rushed to hospital.