Pilot error contributed to Turkish plane crash: Dutch probe

6th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pilot error contributed to last year's Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam that killed nine people and injured 120, a Dutch probe announced Thursday.

The Dutch Safety Board said in its findings after probing the February 25, 2009 crash that pilots should have aborted the doomed landing of the Boeing 737-800.

"It had been announced that the plane had passed 500 feet (150 metres), the altitude at which the landing is aborted if the plane is not stable... But it did not result in the landing being aborted, despite the fact that the (landing) approach was not stable," the board said in a statement.

However the report confirmed that the main culprit for the crash was a faulty altimeter that relayed the wrong data to the automatic pilot of the plane, causing it to throttle back the engines too early.

© 2010 AFP

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