Bad Altimeter A Factor In Netherlands Plane Crash

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Investigators in the Netherlands say the Turkish Airlines plane that crashed in Amsterdam had a faulty altimeter, and it’s not the first time.

The Dutch Safety Authority says the plane was landing on automatic pilot, and that the problem with the altimeter, a device that measures altitude, led to a loss of airspeed before the crash.

The Boeing 737-800 carrying 135 passengers and crew went down in a muddy field less than a mile short of the runway. Nine people died.

An investigator says the airplane had twice before experienced problems with its altimeter. Boeing has been instructed to warn clients.