A malfunctioning altimeter caused the autopilot system on the Turkish Airlines 737-800 that crashed last week on approach to Amsterdam to reduce power prematurely, and by the time the pilots reacted it was "too late to recover the flight," Dutch Safety Board Chairman Pieter van Vollenhoven said yesterday. DSB's "initial findings" provided a strikingly clear explanation of the crash's likely cause less than a week after the Feb. 25 accident that killed nine (ATWOnline, Feb. 27) and led Boeing ...

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