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05-14-2010 16:17 BJT Special Report: Air Crash at Tripoli Airport |

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The 103 people killed in this week's plane crash in Tripoli hailed from nearly a dozen different countries including the origin of the jet's departure, South Africa.

At least 10 of the 93 passengers and 11 crew who lost their lives were South African. Rene Del Carme reports.

The ill-fated Libyan Airbus took off from Africa's busiest airport, OR Tambo International, late on Tuesday evening.

Family and friends paid tribute to loved-ones who were killed, when the plane went down, just short of the runway in Tripoli.

They said they were too devastated to appear on camera.

And they all expressed the same sentiments. Shock, sadness and utter disbelief.

Many of the South Africans who perished were en route to the Libyan capital and European destinations, such as London, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Paris.

Representatives from the Libyan airline, Air Afriqiyah, and Airports Company South Africa, have spent the past two days meeting with victims' families behind closed doors at a Johannesburg Hotel.

The Pretoria Embassy of the Netherlands, the country hardest hit by the Tripoli tragedy, was closed.

At least 59 Dutch passengers have been confirmed dead by Libyan authorities.

A spokesperson for Airbus said the company wished to express concern and sympathy to those who lost loved-ones in the accident.

They said the plane was very new…Just eight months old, with only 420 flights completed.

Just as some are baffled by the miraculous survival of a lone, child passenger.

Airbus said the cause of the accident was a mystery--investigators are hard at work trying to determine if the plane crashed or blew up.


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