Schiphol crash, black boxes found

The death toll from yesterday’s Turkish Airlines crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport remains at nine on Thursday morning, but six people are still fighting for their lives in hospital. A further 25 are in intensive care.

Last night investigators found the two black boxes which they hope will explain why the Boeing 737 made odd movements and then appeared to drop out of the sky as it approached a runway at 10.30 on Wednesday morning.
The last conversations between the pilots and ground control are also being analysed for clues.
Like a stone
The dead include the pilot and two co-pilots, whose bodies could only be removed from the cockpit on Thursday evening.
In total 86 passengers and crew were injured.
Many eyewitnesses saw how the plane appeared to be approaching the runway tail down. ‘The pilot appeared to correct it because the nose pointed down again. But then it went very quiet and the plane just dropped like a stone out of the sky,’ Wim de Kort, who was driving on the A9 as the accident happened, told the Telegraaf.
Some 70 family members of survivors arrived at Schiphol in a specially-chartered plane from Istanbul last night. The Dutch embassy in Turkey set up a special visa system so family members could come to the Netherlands as quickly as possible.
The Turkish embassy in the Netherlands has also agreed to issue emergency passports at Schiphol to relatives without travel documents.
For yesterday’s main story on the crash, click here
For eyewitness photographs of the crash site, click here

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