Schiphol crash: co-pilot was training

One of the three Turkish pilots on board the Turkish Airlines plane which crashed shortly before landing at Schiphol airport on Wednesday was in training, officials in Istanbul have confirmed, reports the Telegraaf.

Olgay Özgür (29), who completed his formal pilot’s training in 2004, was learning how to fly the new generation of Boeing 737-800s, the paper says.
This explains why there were three, not two people in the cockpit. Having a third pilot on training flights is standard procedure for safety reasons.
It is not known who was in charge of landing the plane at the time of the crash, which killed all three pilots and six others.
Meanwhile, aircraft manufacturer Boeing has confirmed that one of the four dead Americans was one of its technicians and one has definitely survived, the Telegraaf says. Four Boeing workers were on the flight.
The AD reports that divisions have emerged between the two organisations charged with finding out the cause of the crash. The paper says the safety research council has refused to hand over details of the final cockpit conversations and other information to the justice ministry.
The contents of the black box are currently being analysed in Paris. The safety research council hopes to have the results next week.
The safety council is charged with finding the cause of the crash, the justice ministry will decide if there is a criminal case to answer.
But safety council officials feel witnesses will not be able to speak freely if they feel their statements could be used in a criminal investigation, the AD says.
The two organisations clashed previously over statements made about a fire at a detention centre at Schiphol airport in which 11 people died.

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