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Update statement on behalf of Afriqiyah Airways
Friday, May 14, 2010 | 00:00

On 12 May 2010, Afriqiyah Airways lost flight U8 771 during landing. The flight from Johannesburg to Tripoli was carrying 93 passengers and 11 crew members. The airline yesterday confirmed the death of 103 passengers on board of the flight. Only one passenger, a Dutch child, survived the tragic accident.

Afriqiyah Airways is now able to give an update and confirm the nationalities of the passengers who were on board the ill-fated flight U8 771. The passenger’s nationalties are as follows:
67 Dutch
13 South Africans
2   Libyans
2   Austrians
1   German
1   Zimbabwean
1   French
1   British
4   Belgium
11 Crew members (Libyan nationalities)
1   Unknown (to be notified upon confirmation)
Afriqiyah Airways is undertaking all efforts to support the families of the casualties. Provisions are being made for the next of kin of the passengers who were on flight 8U 771 to come to Tripoli. Afriqiyah Airways will offer transportation, assistance and accommodation to all in question. The Libyan Immigration Authorities will grant the visas to all in question upon arrival with no need for Arabic translation of their passports.

To make the necessary arrangements, relatives are asked to contact the following number:
+218 91 371 9588. 

Journalists are requested not to call this number, which is reserved for family members only.

Parties still seeking information on passengers can contact the following numbers: 
+ 218 21 33 41 181 (for local calls from Libya)
+ 44 203 3552 737 (for international calls)
+ 31 70 3487 770 (to reach the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs)
+ 27 11 722 0227 (to reach the GSA of Afriqiyah Airways in South Africa)

OR

Charmaine Thome
General Manager Aviareps
Phone: +27 (0) 11 783 1181
Fax: +27 (0) 11 783 8135
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 771 4396
E-mail: cthome@aviareps.com  

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