Thursday, February 26, 2009


RADIO NETHERLANDS:- The Dutch authorities are continuing their investigations into Wednesday's plane crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

[Transportation Safety] Board's chair Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of the queen's sister Princess Margriet, has said the investigation is not expected to take very long. The plane dropped nearly vertically from the sky just before landing at Schiphol. Mr Van Vollenhoven says this may point to engine failure

Audio (Dutch) of interview with Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven.

I am impressed by his professional approach. He was surprised that 'only' 9 deaths were the result because he saw the unbelievable ravage. He speaks about the impact velocity and the way you could tell it was still fast, seeing the placement of the two engines etc. He also told that the cabin crew had 'no any escape' because all the instrumentarium in the back of the cabin smashed with an unbelievable power on the pilots. The cabin crew has had no chance for survival. All too gruesome indeed. Mr. Pieter is the right man on the right spot. And always there when needed. He is certainly an asset to the Dutch Monarchy, despite being 'only' a commoner! (Photo above of Van Vollenhoven at the crash site - courtesy Royal Images Marcel Antonisse/BV Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau ANP.)

Here is the NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Network) dossier (Dutch) on the crash.

"Wednesday's Turkish Airlines plane crash took place in an area bordering Amsterdam Airport which is dominated by farm fields and motorways. Local residents from the airport's closest towns of Zwanenburg and Haarlemmermeer told RNW's Hans-Jaap Melissen how they experienced the tragic accident."

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