AP Newsbreak: Dutch boy who survived Libya plane crash has not been told his family died

By Tarek El-tablawy, AP
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Boy survivor of Libya crash not told family’s dead

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Dutch Foreign Ministry official says the boy who was the sole survivor of a Libyan plane crash that killed 103 people has not yet been told that his parents and older brother were killed.

The official, Ed Kronenburg, identified the boy as Ruben van Assouw, 9, and said his mother, father and older brother Enzo, 11, all apparently died in the crash of a Libyan airliner Wednesday as it was landing in the capital Tripoli. He said the family had been on vacation in South Africa to celebrate the parents’ 12 1/2- year wedding anniversary — a Dutch tradition. The flight was arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kronenburg said Thursday he visited Ruben in the hospital and he is awake and talking, but dizzy from anesthesia after undergoing surgery.

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