Ruben van Assouw of the Netherlands was discovered still strapped to his seat, surrounded by aircraft debris, after surviving the Afriqiyah Airways crash in May 2010. At the time, Ruben was one of only 14 sole survivors of serious plane crashes.
Rescue teams found Ruben in the wreckage of the Libya-owned Airbus A330-200 that disintegrated on approach to Tripoli airport in May 2010, the Daily Star reported.
He was taken to hospital where doctors operated on him for four hours.
Ruben’s legs were badly affected by the crash and were broken in several places.
He was unable to move parts of his injured body and it was feared that his brain might have been bruised.
According to the Daily Mail, his parents have died as a result of the crash.
Reports stated that when asked where he was from, he said “Holland, Holland”.
Afriqiyah Airways confirmed that two Britons and an Irishman were among those killed in the crash.
Flight 771 from Johannesburg, South Africa, exploded when it landed in Tripoli, Libya.
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Officials said weather conditions and visibility were good at the time of the crash.
They also exclude the possibility of terrorism.
NBC News reported that close relatives issued a statement confirming that the extended family would care for Ruben.
The mayor of Tilburg Ivo Opstelten said on Dutch television: “Let’s make sure he can relax in the arms of relatives.”
In 2020, American writer Ann Napolitano used Rubens experience in her novel Dear Edward.