Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 Plane Crash – Tripoli, Libya

by nph | May 14th, 2010

On Wednesday, May 12, 2010, Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 from Johannesburg, South Africa, crashed at 6 a.m. in Tripoli, Libya. The Airbus A330, which was scheduled to stop in Tripoli before continuing to Gatwick Airport near London, exploded on landing, killing 92 passengers and 11 crew members—only one boy survived the airplane accident. The 9-year-old survivor, Ruben Van Assouw of Tilburg, Netherlands, was found among debris from the airplane crash. He suffered multiple fractures to his legs and underwent 4.5 hours of surgery to treat his injuries.

The cause of the aviation accident is still unknown, but the black boxes, cockpit voice recorder, and flight data recorder have been collected by proper authorities and will be reviewed.  According to The New York Times, “Daniel Hoeltgen, a spokesman for the European Aviation Safety Agency in Cologne, Germany, said the aircraft had been inspected at least three times in recent months by the French civil aviation authority, which did not find any significant safety problems.” Production for the Afriqiyah Airways Flight was finished in September 2009; it has since logged nearly 1,600 hours of air travel for 420 flights.

Besides officials from Libya conducting investigations of the airplane accident, inspectors from the United States, France, South Africa, and the Netherlands also are analyzing the cause of the crash. MSNBC reports that investigators from the National Safety Board, including NTSB engine specialists and technical advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration, are looking into the cause of the aircraft accident because the plane’s engine was manufactured by General Electric, a U.S. manufacturer.

Airplane accidents can be a result of many factors, including visibility, pilot training and experience, mechanical failure, and weather. The experienced aviation lawyers at Nurenberg Paris know all of these conditions will be reviewed and tested to determine the cause, or causes, of the crash. And as aviation attorneys, our duty is to make sure every angle is thoroughly inspected so the people responsible for the airplane accident are held accountable.