Wonder as a boy, 9, survives plane crash that killed all other 103 people on board – World News

An Afriqiyah Airways plane exploded and disintegrated in mid-air as it approached Tripoli airport in Libya – killing 103 passengers and nine-year-old Dutch boy Ruben van Assouw being the only survivor

Ruben van Assouw, nine, was on a flight returning with his family from a safari holiday in South Africa when their plane crashed

A nine-year-old boy miraculously survived a plane crash that killed all 103 other passengers, including his parents and brother.

Ruben van Assouw, nine, from the Netherlands, was found still strapped to his seat, surrounded by aircraft debris, after surviving the Afriqiyah Airways crash in May 2010.

Ruben was one of only 14 sole survivors of serious plane crashes at the time.

Rescue teams found the nine-year-old boy in the wreckage of the Libya-owned Airbus A330-200 that disintegrated on approach to Tripoli airport in May 2010, the Daily Star reports.

He was admitted to the hospital where medics operated on him for four hours after his terrifying ordeal.

His legs were badly hit and broken in several places and parts of his injured body were unable to move, fearing that his brain may have been bruised.

The plane reportedly disintegrated as it approached Tripol airport


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Ruben was operated on for four hours after the crash



His parents have sadly died in the crash, the Daily Mail reports.

It was reported that when asked by medics where he was from, Ruben managed to mutter, “Holland, Holland.”

Afriqiyah Airways confirmed that two Britons and an Irish national had died when Flight 771 from Johannesburg, South Africa, broke out as it landed in Tripoli, Libya.

There were also two Britons and an Irish civilian on board


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A source said: “It’s an absolute miracle he got out.”

“The plane crashed next to the runway. It was about a meter away.

“The body of the plane completely disintegrated, meaning most people would have died instantly.”

The pilot was reported to have alerted air traffic controllers that there was a problem as he approached Tripoli airport.

The passengers would have died immediately, a source said at the time


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Officials said at the time that weather conditions and visibility were good and ruled out the possibility of terrorism.

Close relatives issued a statement confirming that the extended family would care for Ruben and requested not to be approached by the media, NBC News reports.

Tilburg mayor Ivo Opstelten said on Dutch television: “Let’s make sure he can relax in the arms of relatives.

Rubens brother was also in the crash


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The child and his family have to ‘find a kind of balance with each other, so that they can sketch a future’.

Ruben attended Yore primary school in Tilburg. School principal Elly Sebregts said at the time: “When he comes back – we don’t know exactly how it will go – but when he comes back to school, we’re going to take great care of him.

“That’s the school’s job, I think. Whatever we can do for him, in the school field, we’ll do.”

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