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A Libyan plane arriving from South Africa crashed on
Wednesday at Tripoli airport killing all 105 people on board, a
security official told AFP.
Among the dead were 94 passengers and 11 crew members, the
official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate indication of the cause of the crash,
which occurred as the Afriqiyah Airways plane was landing after
a flight from Johannesburg at around 6:00 am (0400 GMT).
The aircraft belonged to the Tripoli-based Afriqiyah Airways and arrived in from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Afriqiyah Airways ,Announce that our flight 8U771 had an accident during landing at Tripoli International airport at 04:00 UTC. (06:00 AM Tripoli time) Today Wednesday 12 May.
At this moment we have no information concerning possible casualties or survivors. Our information is that were 93 passenger and 11 crew aboard. The competent authorities are conducting the search and rescue mission.
Further statements will be announced in due course.
flight no) 8U 0771 (depart) 21:30:00 / Johannesburg (arrive)06:20:00 / Tripoli 08:50:00
Currently it operates seven services into Europe from its hub in Tripoli (London Gatwick, Geneva, Amsterdam, Rome, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Brussels and Dussledorf. Particularly useful are the connections over Tripoli domestically to Benghazi and to the West African destinations of Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Douala, Bangui, N’Djamena, Accra, Abidjan, Bamako, Niamey, Kano, Lagos, Khartoum, and Lome.
The new A330-200, the first of three ordered in 2006, will join Afriqiyah’s existing all Airbus fleet of two A319s and five A320s. This brings the unique benefits of Airbus aircraft commonality to Afriqiyah, who can use the same pool of pilots, cabin crew and maintenance engineers across its entire Airbus fleet. The airline will take delivery of a further 10 A320 family aircraft in the coming years, and has also selected the A350 XWB, with six A350-800s ordered in 2007.
Originally posted by harryhaller
$64 question: who was on that fight?
He said that while the nationalities of the victims of the flight from South Africa that was reportedly due to fly on for London's Gatwick airport had yet to be assessed, "I can say that there are Libyans, Africans and Europeans."
According to initial reports, the plane crashed as it neared the threshold of Tripoli International’s main east-west runway, while preparing to touch down from the east. Weather conditions over Tripoli’s international airport were good on Wednesday, with three-mile (4.8-kilometer) visibility, scattered clouds at 10,000 feet and winds of only three miles per hour.
Am looking out of my window and unless my eyes are getting really bad I am looking at an A-330 belonging to Afriqiyah with a winglet on the RH wing but not the LH.
Er zijn berichten dat er voor de landing van de Libische Airbus een explosie aan boord van het toestel was.
On the pictures and video available at this time, no large chunks of the fuselage are visible (one view shows a section of the side of the fuselage with about 10 windows - but nothing else).
There must have been a lot of energy involved in the accident (which is strange during the approach phase of flight), the question is what type of energy? Kenetic or explosive?
Witnesses spoke of the plane inexplicably breaking up as it came down to land in clear weather at around 6:00 am (0400 GMT).
"It exploded on landing and totally disintegrated," one security official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Another official said the plane had burst into flames just before landing.