Crash site: policemen inspect the site of the Libyan Afriqiyah Airways plane crash in Tripoli yesterday. Revealed: Plans for mega-basement extension being built beneath £8.5million Chelsea mansion before it... Trump closes on Biden: Joe clings to slim leads in six swing states Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North... Is the NHS actually QUIETER than usual? In his travel blog, Patrick Van Assouw wrote about the camping trip that took them through some of the world's most spectacular natural wonders - South Africa's Mac Mac Falls, the Kruger National Park game reserve and across the border into Swaziland and on to Lesotho. Recovering: Ruben van Assouw, nine, is in Tripoli's El Khadra hospital, Libya. Video. Completely alone in the rainforest, the 17-year-old was covered in deep gashes, and had a broken collarbone and ruptured knee ligaments. Mother and baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash, Trump or Biden? We are no longer accepting comments on this article. A charred boot, a black high-heeled shoe and a motorcycle jacket with Marlboro and Ferrari logos were nearby. 'The next period will be a rough period for us.'. Dutch Foreign Ministry official, Ed Kronenburg said Ruben would be taken home to the Netherlands tomorrow on a Libyan medical evacuation flight. He knows both his parents and brother are deceased. Of the 104 passengers and crew on board, the sole survivor was a 9-year-old Dutch boy. Pulled unconscious from the wreckage, Reuben underwent surgery for fractured legs and has made a good recovery. .css-orcmk8-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-webkit-justify-content:space-between;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between;}US election 2020 polls: Who is ahead - Trump or Biden?.css-1dedj2h-Rank{-webkit-align-self:center;-ms-flex-item-align:center;align-self:center;color:#B80000;margin-left:3.125rem;}1, Vienna shooting: Arrests after Vienna attacked by 'freed jihadist'2, Sean Connery: Harrison Ford pays tribute to 'dear friend'3, Twitter hides Trump mail voting tweet ahead of polling day4, US Election 2020: Americans choose between Trump and Biden5, Police in Pakistan recover teen girl after alleged forced conversion and marriage6, Jack Ma's Ant Group $34bn market debut suspended7, US Election 2020: When will we get a result and could it be contested?8, Holden Matthews: US man jailed for burning historic black churches9, US election 2020: Trump and Biden pictured through the years10. After walking for 10 days, fighting mosquitoes and hunger, she began to float down a large river where she was saved by a passing boat. Also saw buffalo, gnu, fox, zebra, more deer, ostrich, a lot of birds, turtle, giraffe, apes, boar, more deer.'. His wife, Yvonne, suffered an earlier family tragedy when the couple's younger son, Duran, 16, was killed in a motorcycle accident five years ago, South African media reported. Snared in a web of deceit: Earl Spencer says Martin Bashir claimed William wore a watch that recorded Diana,... ROYAL EXCLUSIVE: Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer sensationally exposes Martin Bashir letter falsely... Could a Princess Diana documentary be set for Oscar glory? Trapped by a food cart in the tail of the DC-9 aircraft, she was left in a coma with injuries including a fractured skull, three broken vertebrae and two broken legs. He's progressing quite well,' orthopedic specialist Sadig Bendala said. 'Considering the circumstances, Ruben is doing well. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said a British woman with dual nationality was also on board the flight, although she has not been named. 'He was a significant contributor to our organisation and his loss will be felt in all aspects of our business.'. In the boy's hometown of Tilburg, a bouquet of white flowers wrapped in pink tissue was propped Thursday against the door of the van Assouw's home, a two-story brick town house in a quiet neighborhood of the city south of Amsterdam. I just want to get going. This crash entered popular culture as one of the most famous stories of human survival. In 2010 she released her own book entitled "I'm Bahia, the miracle girl". Americans head to polls to choose their president, with nearly 100 million early votes already cast. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy. Nine-year-old Ruben van Assouw was the only survivor after an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 crashed just short of the runway of Libya's Tripoli airport. They trekked for 10 days before reaching Chile. Sat in the next seat, her mother's final words were "that is the end, it's all over". He's not getting any worse. Rescuers found the boy semi-conscious after the crash and he has since undergone four and a half hours of surgery to repair multiple fractures to his legs. Video, Trump supporter replaces neighbour's stolen Biden sign, What does developing a Covid-19 vaccine look like? The boy, contacted by phone by a Dutch newspaper, said he could not remember the crash. AirQuarius general manager Michael Goodwin said: 'Nigel was not only a highly committed and professional member of our team, but he was also blessed with compassion and an enduring light-hearted nature. He now lives with his aunt and uncle in the Netherlands. Video, Well, that was wild. Sole survivor: Ruben van Assouw is treated in a Tripoli hospital. "To this day I enjoy travelling and have no fear of flying," she said years after the crash. Video, Three elders reveal what it takes to be a leader. Authorities said the Dutch boy would be able to return home tomorrow. The following is a selection of some of the most miraculous plane crash survival stories. Another eight were killed when an avalanche hit their shelter amongst the wreckage. Victims: UK national Nigel Peter and African-based Irish writer Bree O'Mara. The Queen was 'worried' when her two direct heirs contracted COVID-19 but Prince William 'coped pretty well... RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: If this was 1940, Boris Johnson would stand down The Few to 'protect the RAF', North Korean Covid patients 'are being left to starve to death in quarantine camps'. Nigel Peter, 47, was one of two UK nationals on board plane, and was a senior manager with Johannesburg-based air charter firm AirQuarius. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}A young mother and her baby have been found alive five days after their plane crashed in the jungle of western Colombia. The boy was found still strapped into his seat about a half mile from the wreckage – the speculation was that he’d been sitting near the fuselage and had been basically ejected from the plane. He had a badly broken leg and a punctured lung but was otherwise fine. Loading... Unsubscribe from EnglishAssesmentTask? However, she had been taught survival skills by her father whilst being raised at a remote jungle research station. The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed 103 passengers and crew does not yet know his mother, father and brother are dead. Mr van Assouw, 40, wrote that Ruben started out the journey sick, throwing up on the plane trip to South Africa and again in the car at the start of the family's safari. The Libyan-owned plane was minutes from landing, after a more than seven-hour journey across Africa, when it crashed. On 26 January 1972, a suspected terrorist bomb placed on board JAT Yugoslav Airlines Flight 357 detonated over Czechoslovakia, blowing the plane apart in mid-air. He has been told by his aunt and uncle that his parents and brother died in the Airbus A330-200 crash. More than a quarter of those on board died in the initial crash. She was flown to hospital in France to be treated for burns and broken bones. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, Now and then he is awake and... is clear,' the couple said. Of the 28 people on board only Vesna Vulovic, a 22-year-old Serbian flight attendant, survived. The young Dutch boy and his family - his 11-year-old brother Enzo and their parents Trudy and Patrick van Assouw - had gone to South Africa during the boys' spring school vacation to celebrate the couple's 12-and-a-half-year wedding anniversary, a Dutch tradition. The Airbus A330-200 ploughed into a sandy field just short of the runway in Tripoli, Libya. He smiled and spoke briefly to an aunt and uncle who rushed to his bedside from Holland. Since then, Ruben has been in hospital, with an aunt and uncle who rushed in from Amsterdam at his bedside. I want to get washed, dressed and then go.'. Finding positivity in lockdown through photography, Bushfire koalas going back to the wild. Ruben Van Assouw EnglishAssesmentTask. They were headed home from a dream safari in South Africa when their plane crashed in Libya. They were headed home from a dream safari in South Africa when their plane crashed in Libya. Test and Trace is struggling because people do not want to pick up their phone to unknown numbers,... What will lockdown mean for the property market? or debate this issue live on our message boards. In a Libyan hospital bed, a little Dutch boy called Ruben van Assouw is said by doctors to be "recovering well" after surgery for multiple fractures in his legs. Are children more likely to survive plane crashes? .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Are children more likely to survive plane crashes? We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Blog photo: Ruben and his brother Enzo pose for a photograph in front of the Mac Mac Falls. So, as the... America has its say: Huge lines form at the crack of dawn outside polling stations across the country as... 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