Libya plane crash

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Young Crash Survivor Returns to Netherlands

Extended family will care for 9-year-old Dutch boy

(Newser) - The 9-year-old Dutch boy who miraculously survived a plane crash in Libya returned to the Netherlands aboard an airborne ambulance today and was whisked away to a hospital in his hometown, where he must begin to rebuild his life without his parents or brother. Ruben van Assouw, the sole survivor,... More »

Libya Plane Crash Survivor Gets OK to Leave Hospital

Assouw told about his parents, brother

(Newser) - The sole survivor of the plane crash that killed 103 people Wednesday will leave a Tripoli hospital tomorrow. Relatives have broken the news to 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw that his parents and older brother died in the crash, ABC News reports. "Under the circumstances Ruben is doing well,"... More »

Crash Survivor Doesn't Know He's an Orphan

But his aunt and uncle have arrived

(Newser) - Details continue to emerge on the ill-fated passengers on the Afrqiyah Airlines flight that crashed in Tripoli—including the heartbreaking detail that the lone survivor, 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw, has not yet been told that his parents and brother died in the crash. Also among the dead is Bree O'Mara,... More »

Young Plane Crash Survivor a 'Miracle'

Youth is undergoing surgery in a Libyan hospital

(Newser) - The young—and sole—survivor of today's plane crash in Libya is undergoing surgery for broken bones at a hospital in Tripoli. The youth is believed to be a 10-year-old Dutch boy, but authorities have yet to confirm that or his identity. The other 103 people aboard were killed when... More »

Lone Child Survives Libya Plane Crash, 103 Die

8-year-old boy believed to be only survivor from Afriqiyah Airways flight

(Newser) - Over 100 people were killed today when an Afriqiyah Airways flight from Johannesburg crashed at Libya's Tripoli Airport. Authorities say at least 93 passengers and 11 crew were on board the Airbus A330 when it crashed while trying to land, Reuters reports. The only survivor was an 8-year-old Dutch boy,... More »

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