Recently an 9 year oldÂ Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, was remarkably the sole survivor of an airplane crash in Libya. He joins a small but remarkable group of children who were the sole survivor of airplane crashes.
Best wishes to young Mr Assouw for a speedy recovery and also condolences on the loss of his family.
Out of respect for each of these somber stories I will post their entire stories without a jump. These photos and this content is strong and graphic.
Sole Survivor Children
photo.newsweek.com | May 2010
On December 16, 1960, in cloudy conditions, a United Airlines flight and a TWA flight collided over Staten Island. One of the planes landed on the island, while another crashed in Brooklyn. The crash initially killed 83 passengers on the United plane, all 44 on the TWA flight, and six bystanders on the ground. At left, the wreckage of the United DC-8 remains in Brooklynâ€™s Park Slope neighborhood the day after the crash.
Baltz, an 11-year-old from Wilmette, Ill., somehow lived through the crash when he was thrown from the United plane into a snowbank. Baltz was badly burnt and suffered smoke inhalation, but was conscious following the crash and gave an account to officials. Sadly, his injuries were too serious to survive and he died one day later in a Brooklyn hospital.
Romulus Michigan, 1987
As it took off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 hit a light pole, taking off part of a wing and igniting a fire; the plane crashed in the suburb of Romulus. Two people on the ground and 156 on the plane died. At left, emergency vehicles are parked by the crash site.
Four-year-old Cecilia Cichan, who was traveling with her parents and brothers, survived the crash, although she was badly burnt. She is shown at the University of Michigan Medical Center in nearby Ann Arbor, recovering from her injuries, on October 9.
A Russian-made Tupolev owned by Vietnam Airlines flying from Vietnamâ€™s Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian capitol Phnom Penh crashed on Sept. 3, 1997, when the pilot mistakenly put the plane down several hundred yards short of the runway, killing 65 people on board.
Doctors and nurses at a Phnom Penh hospital treat the lone survivor of the crash, a one-year-old boy.
On July 8, 2003, a Sudan Airways Boeing 737 attempted to make an emergency landing at Port Sudan, killing 115. The company has since been banned from flying into European Union countries because of its bad safety record.
Mohammed el-Fateh Osman
The two-year-old, shown here cradled in the arms of a British nurse, survived the crash that killed his mother, although he was badly burnt and lost part of a leg.
A small Cessna carrying four Americans crashed in a remote jungle area near Chiriqui, Panama on Christmas Eve 2007 after encountering bad weather.
It took rescuers two days to find the wreckage in a mountainous jungle area, but when they arrived, they found 12-year-old Francesca Lewis still alive, although suffering from hypothermia and a broken arm. At first, they could not evacuate her due to bad weather, but eventually they were able to reunite Lewis with her family. She is shown with her parents and sister in a Panama hospital on December 30.
Comoros Islands (near Mozambique), 2009
On June 30, 2009, a late-night Yemenia flight from Sanaa to Comoros missed on its airport approach, killing 152. At left, a U.S. Navy plane and a boat conduct a search for wreckage and survivors on July 3.
Bahia Bakari, a 13-year-old French girl of Comoran descent, managed to survive the crash. Although she could not swim well and had no life vest, she clung to the planeâ€™s wreckage for nine hours, bobbing in the Indian Ocean, before she was rescued. Her mother was killed. She is shown with the book she co-authored with a journalist about the crash, titled I Bahia, the Miracle.
The wreckage of Afriqiyah Flight 771 sits on the ground in Tripoli after crashing on May 12, 2010, killing 104. The cause has not yet been determined.
Ruben van Assouw
A Dutch boy, 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw, was the only survivor of the Tripoli crash. He is shown being treated in a Tripoli hospital.