Dutch Survivor Of Libyan Jet Crash Leaves For Home

TRIPOLI, Libya -- The Dutch boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Libya has left for home on a medical evacuation flight, just hours after being told that his parents and older brother perished in the disaster.

Nine-year-old Ruben van Assouw's survival of a crash that shattered the airliner into pieces has stunned doctors and given the tragedy at least one hopeful story.

The Afriqiyah Airways flight from South Africa hit the ground short of the runway while landing Wednesday in Tripoli, killing 103 people, including the boy's parents and 11-year-old brother.

Doctor Sadig Bendala says Ruben is recovering well enough to make the journey.

The plane carrying him home to the Netherlands Saturday is equipped with sophisticated medical equipment.


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 15, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    Just seems a little strange that this kid lost his family and was the sole survivor of one plane crash. Now they want to put him on a plane to get him home. If I was that kid I would want to ride a boat then a take a car. No more flying in the near future.
  • by scarlett Location: winterville, n.c. on May 15, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    bless his little heart. So much to overcome at such a young age. God must have something very special in mind for this little boy.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    Mircales still happen. Sure hope he recovers.
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