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RELATIVES of 11 South Africans killed in the Afriqiyah Airline crash left Johannesburg last night for Tripoli to identify the dead.

RELATIVES of 11 South Africans killed in the Afriqiyah Airline crash left Johannesburg last night for Tripoli to identify the dead.

The Libyan airliner crashed as it landed in Tripoli, killing 104 people on board.

Yesterday the airline released the nationalities of the passengers who died on the ill-fated flight on Wednesday Airline management company Aviareps managing director Charmaine Thome said relatives of those who died were to be flown out to Tripoli last night.

The dead South Africans were identified as Frans Dreyer, who was a pilot. Dreyer is survived by his son Divan, daughter Lize-Marie and wife Estelle.

Global Aviation employee Cathy Tillet, 45, and former employee Norbet Taferner, 70, as well as his wife Paula also perished on the flight.

So did Roodepoort resident Robert Webber, 41, Faeza Patel, award-winning author Bridgid Bree O'Mara, Hans Wolfaard, Nigel Peters, Priscilla Savathree Collick and Anton Mathee.

There were reports that 10 South Africans had died in the crash but yesterday a consular representative said three of them had held dual citizenships.

There were 70 Dutch passengers, seven South Africans, two Libyans, two Australians, one German, one Zimbabwean, one French and two British citizens.

The airline said 17 other passengers' nationalities were still to be confirmed.

Eleven Libyan crew members perished in the crash.

An 8-year-old Dutch boy, the only survivor, is still in hospital in Tripoli. He underwent operations on Wednesday and was said to be in a stable condition.

The boy, named as Ruben, has been dubbed the "miracle boy". He had been on safari with his brother mother and father who were celebrating their wedding anniversary. They did not survive the crash.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that aviation experts combed rubble for more clues yesterday after finding two black boxes from the crashed airline.

Libya's government has ruled out an attack on the Airbus.

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