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All victims in Netherlands plane crash identified

world Updated: Feb 28, 2009 15:59 IST

The bodies of nine people killed in the crash of a Turkish Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been formally identified, a Dutch mayor has said, and Boeing Co. Said three of the four Americans among the dead were its employees.

Mayor Theo Weterings of Haarlemmermeer on Friday said the five Turkish victims would be taken home as soon as further formalities and paperwork allowed, while the US Consulate was still deciding when to transport the bodies of the four Americans killed.

Of 135 people on the Boeing 737-800 that shattered into three pieces in a field shortly before it was due to land Wednesday morning, 63 remained hospitalised, one in critical condition, Weterings said.

As 40 investigators swarmed the crash site yesterday, the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recordings were being analysed 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 Wednesday.

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