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.