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A TURKISH pilots' group claims turbulence from a large plane landing at Amsterdam airport may have caused the crash of a Turkish Airlines flight in which nine people died.

Turkey Airline Pilots' Association Secretary-General Savas Sen said late on Friday that a large Boeing 757 had landed at Schiphol Airport two minutes earlier. Sen said that plane most likely created "wake turbulence" that hampered the Turkish airliner.

Wake turbulence forms behind an aircraft as it passes through the air.

Nine people were killed when the flight from Istanbul to Amsterdam suddenly lost speed and crashed a mile short of the runway on Wednesday.

The bodies of the nine victims have been identified, a Dutch mayor said on Friday, and Boeing Co said three of the four Americans among the dead were its employees.

Mayor Theo Weterings said the five Turkish victims would be taken home as soon as further formalities and paperwork allowed.


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