Officials say no mechanical failures involved in Libya crash

by Ella FAIRCHILD on May 31, 2010

According to preliminary reports, the Libya plane crash was not a result of mechanical malfunction.

The ‘black box’ recorder salvaged from the Afriqiyah Airways aircraft shows that the jet had plenty of fuel and had no distress call for help from the crew or passengers. The sole survivor of the crash was a nine year old Dutch boy, who suffered a concussion and several broken bones.

The majority of the passengers on board the flight, including the boy’s parents and brother, were Dutch citizens. All passengers, but the boy, and the jet’s crew were killed when the jet overshot the runway at Tripoli airport arriving in from South Africa.

Neji Dhaou, overseer of the Libyan commission looking into the incident, said the circumstances surrounding the crash remained unknown and that it could be a while before any official reports were ready. He added in his statement that no signs of technical failure were apparent.

In addition to ruling out any mechanical difficulties, authorities were also able to put to rest any thoughts that the crash was the result of terrorism. After studying the ‘black box’ recordings, official effectively ruled out terrorist acts as a cause.

There were 93 passengers along with 11 cabin crew aboard the flight when it crashed, 70 of the passengers were Dutch while the entire crew were Libyan. The Airbus 330 belonged to Afrigiyah Airways and had nationals from the UK, Austria, Germany, France, South Africa, and Zimbabwe on board.

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