63 still hospitalised after Amsterdam plane crash

26th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Out of the 63 passengers, six remain in a critical condition, says the Haarlemmermeer mayor Theo Weterings.

AMSTERDAM – Sixty-three people remained in hospital Thursday after the crash of a Turkish Airlines jet at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport that killed nine, Dutch officials said.

Six were in a critical condition, of whom four have not been identified, Haarlemmermeer mayor Theo Weterings told a press conference at the airport.

A total of 121 people were examined or treated at 13 hospitals in the vicinity of the airport.

Weterings said the nationalities of most of the 127 passengers and seven crew on board the ill-fated Flight TK 1951 had been established.

The group included 53 Dutch and 51 Turkish citizens, a German, seven Americans, three Britons, one Bulgarian, a Finnish citizen, an Italian and a Taiwanese. The nationalities of 15, including six of the dead, had yet to be determined.

"The identities of the deceased will only be released once the next-of-kin have been informed," Weterings said.

Three of the crew, all Turkish citizens, were among the nine dead.

The Boeing 737-800 jet crashed into a muddy field short of the runway Wednesday morning, in what survivors and witnesses likened to a brick falling from the sky.

Witnesses described seeing the tail of the jet hit the edge of a busy road in light fog and drag along the ground before the plane broke in three.

AFP / Expatica

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