Sole survivor of Libya plane crash unaware he has been orphaned
May 13, 2010 by Post Team
Ruben van Assouw, 9, suffered fractures of his legs when the plane broke apart on landing Johannesburg at the airport in Tripoli.
His parents and his older brother Enzo, 11, all from Holland, were killed.
The family had been celebrating Mr and Mrs Van Assouw of 12 and a half wedding anniversary – a Dutch tradition.
Ruben greeted his aunt and uncle, who had flown in from Holland to be at his bedside, smiling today.
Dr. Ben Dilla Siddiq, who has been caring for the child said: “His memory is good: as soon as his family came smiled and was happy to see them.
“He is improving, is starting to talk again and has asked the food,” said Dr. Dilla.
The medical team repaired all fractures in a single operation. “It could be repatriated in the coming days if his health continues to improve,” added Dr. Dilla.
Although Ruban name has not been officially released Dutch newspaper Brabants Dagblad said the boy was probably Assouw Ruben van Tilburg in the southern Netherlands. He and his parents Trudy, 41, Patrick, 40, and Enzo had been on safari in South Africa.
Also on board was an Irish writer who had been prevented from flying to London for the ash cloud to ground the planes last month.
Bree O’Mara, author of Interior, missed the London Book Fair because of the stop and was forced to delay his trip to sign a publishing contract until this week.
Two Britons were also on board including Collick Priscilla, 52, of Swansea, South Wales, who was returning home after visiting relatives in South Africa.
His eldest son, Sean Collick, 24, told the South Wales Evening Post: “I do not know what I do without it.”
The cause of the accident is unclear but A380 pilots speculated that could have been the result of human rather than mechanical failure.
Mrs. O’Mara, 42, had been scheduled to meet with British publishers to sign a contract for his last novel, Nigel Watson, Superhero, located in London.
The nationalities of 19 passengers have not yet been confirmed, but all the crew were 11 Libya.
The Foreign Ministry said officials were still investigating whether any other British were on the flight.
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