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Crash crew members' names released

TURKISH Airlines yesterday released the names of four crew members who died in the crash that killed nine people in the Netherlands on Wednesday morning, while investigators at the scene mapped the exact location of each piece of mangled debris.

As 40 investigators swarmed the crash site, the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recordings were being analyzed in Paris. Sandra Groenendal, spokeswoman for the Dutch Safety Authority, said a first assessment of what went wrong according to the black box data would likely be released by next Wednesday.

Five Turks and four Americans were killed when the Boeing 737-800 plunged into a farmer's field.

Turkish Airlines said the dead included pilots Hasan Tahsin Arisan, Olgay Ozgur and Murat Sezer and flight attendant Ulvi Murat Eskin.

Boeing said two of the dead Americans were employees, another American employee was in critical condition and the status of a fourth was not yet certain.

Boeing was flying their relatives to the Netherlands if they wanted to go, spokesman Andrew Davis said yesterday.

No new information was released yesterday about the injured. On Thursday, 63 survivors remained hospitalized, including six in critical condition.

Flight TK1951 was coming in from Istanbul with 135 passengers and crew when it crashed about 1.5 kilometers short of the runway at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

One survivor, Henk Heijloo, said the last message he heard from the captain was for flight crew to take their seats. He said it took a while to realize the landing had gone wrong.

"We were coming in at an odd angle, and I felt the pilot give the plane more gas," he said. He thought the pilot might have been trying to abort the landing, because the nose came up.

"(It) just fell straight down and then you heard the engines at full power as if it was trying to go forwards," survivor Fred Gimpel told the Dutch NOS news.


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