Sole Survivor in Afriqiya A320 Crash

 - May 12, 2010, 12:35 PM

A single Dutch child out of 104 occupants survived this morning’s crash of an Afriqiya Airways Airbus A330-200 in Tripoli, Libya, the airline confirmed today. The Airbus, operating scheduled service as Flight 8U771 from Johannesburg to Tripoli, crashed short of the runway on approach at about 6 a.m. local time. Crews that performed the search-and-rescue mission have found the airplane’s FDR and CVR and have turned them over to the investigative authorities.   

Airbus, meanwhile, has dispatched a team of technical advisors to support Libyan investigative authorities and France’s Bureau d’Enquete et d’Analyse (BEA). The manufacturer had delivered the airplane, MSN 1024, to Afriqiyah in September last year. Powered by GE CF6-80E1 turbofans, it had accumulated 1,600 flight hours during some 420 flights.