Clinton resident was on board airliner that crashed in Amsterdam
February 27, 2009 · Updated 2:47 PM
Clinton resident Ricky E. Wilson was aboard Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 that crashed in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Wilson was one of four Boeing Co. engineers on the Boeing 737-800, which crashed in a muddy field two miles away from the runaway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
Boeing said Thursday night two of its employees had been killed in the crash, and another was injured and in the hospital. The company did not release details on the condition of each employee "at the request of some of the affected families."
"This is a very sad day for our company," Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said in a statement Thursday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues' families, friends and co-workers and with the families of everyone who was on the flight."
The crash killed nine people; the three pilots, a flight attendant and five passengers, according to Turkish Airlines. The airlines identified the crew that died as Capt. Hasan Tahsin Arısan, pilots Murat Sezer and Olgay Ozgur, and flight attendant Ulvi Murat Eskin.
The airlines did not release the names of the five passengers who were killed.
There were 127 passengers on board Flight Number TK 1951 from Istanbul to Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands, at the time of the crash, and 50 people were injured.
"In our sad condition our only consolation is that the total loss of life and the number of injuries are fewer than expected in such an accident," Turkish Airlines president Temel Kotil said in a press statement.
"We offer our condolences to the families and friends of the passengers and crew members who lost their lives, and a speedy recovery to those passengers who are being treated for injuries. We pray for the souls of the deceased to rest in peace," he said.
The airlines also said the bodies of victims would be taken to Turkey in a private flight after they are received from the officials of the Netherlands.
Turkish Airlines also said it would offer 50,000 Euros to the family members of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in the crash, and from 5,000 to 10,000 Euros for people on the flight who were getting medical treatment.
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft that crashed was made in 2002, and the airlines said it had undergone maintenance on Feb. 19, 2009 and Oct. 22, 2008. It had flown for 52 hours following the last maintenance period.