Young Dutch crash survivor leaves hospital for home
(15 May 2010) SHOTLIST
May 15, 2010
1. Ruben van Assouw, sole survivor of plane crash, with his face covered, being wheeled to ambulance at El Khadra hospital (followed by his maternal uncle Jeroen van der Sande, in a checked shirt, and paternal aunt Ingrid van Assouw, with her head covered)
2. Various of Ruben being carried to an ambulance, people surrounding family and ambulance
3. Close-up of Libyan doctor who operated on Ruben, Doctor Sadig Bendala, UPSOUND: (English)
Reporter: "Is he going sedated at all?"
Doctor Sadig Bendala: "No he's fine, he's ok. I don't think he needs to be."
4. Ambulance leaving for airport
May 13, 2010
5. Ruben van Assouw, sole survivor of plane crash, lying in hospital bed
May 15, 2010
6. Exterior of the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli
7. Plane crash survivor, Ruben van Assouw's maternal uncle, Jeroen van der Sande, and paternal aunt, Ingrid van Assouw, walking out of hotel on way to hospital
8. Close of photographers
9. Various of Jeroen van der Sande and Ingrid van Assouw getting into car
10. Car leaving hotel, security walking towards camera
The Dutch boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Libya arrived home on Saturday on a medical evacuation flight, touching down at a military airport in Eindhoven, Netherlands, after a flight from Tripoli.
Due to privacy requests by the boy's relatives, access to the airport was tightly restricted and camouflage nets had been hung from its fences. He was whisked away in an ambulance with darkened windows.
Nine-year-old Ruben van Assouw's survival of a crash that shattered the airliner into pieces has stunned doctors and given the tragedy at least one hopeful story.
His parents and 11 year old brother perished in the accident, along with all others on board.
The Afriqiyah Airways flight from South Africa hit the ground short of the runway while landing Wednesday in Tripoli, killing 103 people in total.
The boy was accompanied on the flight by an aunt and uncle who had flown to Libya to be at his bedside while he received treatment for multiple injuries including broken legs.
The plane carrying him home to the Netherlands was equipped with sophisticated medical equipment.
Hospital staff and Dutch Embassy officials have sought to protect the boy's privacy, and as he was brought out of the hospital on a stretcher his face was covered with a sheet to shield him from the view of a throng of clamouring journalists.
Forensics teams, meanwhile, including experts from the Netherlands, were to begin the process of identifying bodies on Saturday.
Most of those on board the Airbus 330-200 flight from Johannesburg were Dutch tourists.
Dutch and French investigators have been mapping the crash site and will begin looking for clues Saturday about the cause, Kronenburg said.
Investigators from the United States and South Africa are also helping Libya with the investigation.
The Dutch boy had gone with his family to South Africa on holiday.
On Friday, the boy's aunt and uncle broke the news to him that his parents, Trudy and Patrick van Assouw, and his brother, Enzo, did not survive the crash.
Rescuers responding to the crash found Ruben still strapped in his seat and breathing in an area of desert sand strewn with the plane's shredded wreckage.
His legs were broken, but he had no serious injuries to his neck, head and face.
The boy underwent four and a half hours of surgery to repair multiple fractures to his legs and doctors said he has been recovering well.
Officials have declined so far to comment on what may have caused the crash.
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