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Funerals for Turkish plane crash victims

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Funerals for Turkish plane crash victims

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The five Turkish victims who died in this week’s Dutch air crash have been buried after a ceremony in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines directors and staff turned out in full uniform to mourn their colleagues – all three who were in the cockpit, and a flight attendant – and a Turkish passenger who also perished.

The Turkish Airlines chairman described them as a “martyr flight crew” who brought about a bitter miracle, saving the lives of 126 people on board. A total of nine people died when the Boeing 737-800 dropped short of the runway at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, crashing into a field. Up to that point the flight from Istanbul had been uneventful. Experts in Paris are examining the black-box flight recorders. Their conclusions are expected after the weekend.