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The Airbus A330-200, which had been in service only since September, was flying from Joburg to the Libyan capital when it crashed just short of the Tripoli Airport runway at about 6am on Wednesday, the airline and planemaker said. The aircraft is the same type as Air France flight 447, which crashed in the Atlantic on June 1 last year.
While no official passenger list had been released, The Star has established the identities of nine of the South African passengers: Norbert Taferner, his wife Paula, Cathrine Tillett, Frans Dreyer, Anton Matthee, Bridgid Bree O'Mara, Robert Edward Webber, Nigel Peters and Hans Wolfaardt.
A Dutch news website reported that the child was travelling with its parents and 11-year-old brother.