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Engine suspected in 737 crash

Fri., Feb. 27, 2009, midnight

Two Boeing workers killed, another injured

AMSTERDAM – Engine trouble may have caused the Turkish Airlines crash that killed nine people in the Netherlands, the head of the agency investigating the accident said Thursday. Other officials identified the dead as five Turks and four Americans.

Flight TK1951 from Istanbul crashed about one mile short of the runway at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Wednesday morning, smashing into three pieces and spraying luggage and debris across a field. It was carrying 135 passengers and crew.

Chief investigator Pieter van Vollenhoven said, in remarks quoted by Dutch state television NOS, that the Boeing 737-800 had fallen almost directly from the sky, which pointed toward the plane’s engines having stopped. He said a reason for that had not yet been established.

Spokeswoman Sandra Groenendal of the Dutch Safety Authority confirmed his remarks and added that engine failure was still only “one of the possible scenarios” for the crash.

Van Vollenhoven said an analysis of the plane’s flight data recorders in Paris could be completed as early as today, but his agency would probably not make a preliminary finding until next week.

Haarlemmermeer Mayor Theo Weterings said five Turks and four Americans were killed in the crash. He said the names of the victims would not be released until the bodies have been formally identified.

Boeing Co. said late Thursday that two of its employees were killed and a third injured in the crash. Boeing previously provided the names of its four employees who were aboard the plane, but its latest statement did not specify which were killed or injured.

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