Dutch Boy Who Survived Libya Plane Crash Doing Well

Doctors say the Dutch boy who miraculously survived a plane crash that killed 103 people in the Libyan capital is in satisfactory condition after surgery on his shattered legs.

The Associated Press Rescue teams search the site of the Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday. The plane with 104 people on board crashed at the airport.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Doctors say the Dutch boy who miraculously survived a plane crash that killed 103 people in the Libyan capital is in satisfactory condition after surgery on his shattered legs.

Dr. Hameeda al-Saheli, the head of the pediatric unit at the Libyan hospital where the boy was treated, said Thursday that he is breathing normally and his vital organs are intact.

The official Libyan news agency has identified the survivor as 10-year-old Ruben van Ashout.

But a Dutch newspaper said the boy is in all likelihood 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw. His grandmother, An van de Sande, told the newspaper that Ruben was in South Africa with his brother and parents.

The Afriqiyah Airways plane crashed Wednesday as it approached the runway at the Tripoli airport.


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