More than 100 die in plane crash in Libya

May 12, 2010 at 7:03 AM

TRIPOLI, Libya, May 12 (UPI) -- One child survived and more than 100 people died when a passenger airplane crashed at Tripoli International Airport, Libyan officials said.

The Afriqiyah Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, crashed as it was attempting to land, the BBC reported. The flight was to continue to London Gatwick Airport.

Officials said the Airbus 330 carried 93 passengers of various nationalities and 11 crew members.

The survivor was a Dutch child, a Libyan minister said.

The British Foreign Office said it was looking into whether British nationals were on board the flight.

"We are urgently investigating. A consular team from the British Embassy are on their way to the airport. Consular staff in Tripoli are urgently seeking further details," the Foreign Office said.

Workers with surgical masks combed through the wreckage spread over a large area, CNN reported.

Officials said they recovered the plane's flight data recorder, which investigators use to reconstruct a flight's final minutes.

Afriqiyah Airways was founded in 2001, The New York Times reported. It has 13 aircraft in its fleet and flies to 25 countries, mainly in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

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