5 Turks, 4 Americans among dead in Dutch crash

A Dutch mayor has said the nine people killed when a Turkish Airlines jet slammed into a field near Amsterdam's main airport are five Turks and four Americans.
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Updated on Feb 27, 2009 01:19 PM IST
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A Dutch mayor has said the nine people killed when a Turkish Airlines jet slammed into a field near Amsterdam's main airport are five Turks and four Americans.

Haarlemmermeer mayor Theo Weterings on Friday said the names of the victims will not be released until the bodies have been formally identified. It was not immediately clear how long that would take.

"The relatives have been informed that the missing person will be dead," he told the Associated Press. "We have arranged some help for them."

He also said yesterday that investigators now say 135 passengers and crew were on the flight, not 134 as previously believed, which was one reason it had taken so long to account for the dead.

Flight TK1951 from Istanbul crashed about 1.5 kilometers short of the runway at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday morning, smashing into three pieces and spraying luggage and debris across a field.

At the crash site on Friday, investigators took detailed photos of the wreckage, trying to piece together why the plane lost speed and crashed.

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