Over 100 killed in Afriqiyah Air A330 crash

Afriqiyah Airways flight enroute from Johannesburg to London Gatwick crashed in Tripoli early Wednesday morning while on final approach, killing all but one onboard according to reports. The crash which reportedly killed all but one of the 93 passengers and 11 flight crew members leaving a field scattered with smoldering debris that included a large […]


A330-200 Afriqiyah Airways Airbus Tripoli


Afriqiyah Airways flight enroute from Johannesburg to London Gatwick crashed in Tripoli early Wednesday morning while on final approach, killing all but one onboard according to reports. The crash which reportedly killed all but one of the 93 passengers and 11 flight crew members leaving a field scattered with smoldering debris that included a large chunk of the tail painted with the airline’s brightly colored logo. The A330-200’s ‘black box’ voice and data recorders were recovered from the wreckage. A 10-year-old Dutch boy was the only known survivor. Weather conditions over Tripoli’s international airport were good on Wednesday, with three-mile 4.8 kilometer visibility, scattered clouds at 3,000 metres and winds of only 4.8 km per hour. Afriqiyah Airways is not included on the European Union’s list of nearly 300 banned airlines worldwide, but Wednesday’s crash was the fourth deadly landing accident at Tripoli airport in the past 40 years. The crash is the second in 12 months involving an A330, and Airbus said it will provide “full technical assistance” to air-accident investigators.