Schiphol ceremony for crash victims

7th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

A memorial ceremony is being held on Saturday for the victims of the Turkish Airlines jet that crashed near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on 25 February killing nine people and injuring 80.

AMSTERDAM - The gathering at a hangar will be attended by victims, relatives and a large number of dignitaries.

Government officials will include Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga.

Boeing has since admitted that more of its 737-800 planes have experienced problems with their altimeters.

Last month the US jet manufacturer warned all airlines to keep an eye on the model's altimeters.

Some of them had wrongly indicated that the plane was close to the ground, prompting the autopilot to throttle back the engines, when in fact it was still several hundred metres up in the air.

According to the Dutch National Safety Board this is what caused the Turkish Airlines jet to crash near Schiphol Airport.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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