Pilots Reacted Late in Turkish Air Crash

Pilots were expected to intensely monitor auto landings
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 4, 2009 12:19 PM CST
Turkish pilots pray next to the flag-wrapped coffin of their colleague Hasan Tahsin Arisan during a ceremony outside the Turkish Airlines headquarters in Istanbul.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
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(Newser) – The pilots aboard a Turkish Airlines jet that crashed in Amsterdam last week, killing nine people, let their plane slow to a dangerously low speed, a preliminary investigation revealed. Recorded conversations note the trio—who are among the dead—acknowledging a faulty altimeter, but reacting too slowly when the plane auto-stalled for landing while still mid-air, the Times reports. Low visibility partly impaired them.