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Ruben resting at a hospital in Tripoli on Friday.
Ruben resting at a hospital in Tripoli on Friday.

TRIPOLI: The Dutch boy who is the sole survivor of a Libyan plane crash that killed 103 people said he was “fine” in comments on Friday, as it emerged the pilot reported no faults before the jet went down.

Nine-year-old Ruben van Assouw can remember nothing of Wednesday's crash and was not yet aware that his parents and 11-year-old brother had died in the accident, the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported.

“My name is Ruben and I am from Holland,” Telegraaf reported on a telephone conversation with the only survivor of the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 that disintegrated on landing at Tripoli airport.

“I am fine, but my legs hurt a lot,” the boy told a reporter from the newspaper on the mobile phone of one of his doctors. “I am in a hospital,” said Ruben. “I don't know how I got here, I don't know anything more. I really want to go home.”

Aa doctor said on Friday that his condition was improving and that he could travel home at the weekend.

Investigators said meanwhile no technical problems were reported by the pilot before the jet went down. “The pilot did not report any problems. Until the very last moment things were normal between the pilot and the control tower,” an official told AFP. — AFP

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