Mechanical Flaws Cited in El Al Crash

An inquiry by the Netherlands Aviation Safety Board into the crash of an El Al 747 cargo plane has found that faulty engine mountings were responsible for the disaster.

The crash into an Amsterdam apartment complex, which occurred shortly after takeoff in October, 1992, killed 47 people when the buildings were engulfed in flames after the fatal impact.

The findings were presented to the Dutch civil aviation authorities Thursday. The results of an inquiry by an Israeli inspection board were reported to be virtually identical with those of the Dutch board.

Neither El Al nor Boeing, the builder of the jumbo cargo jet, has admitted liability for the crash. But both have made compensation offers to the crash’s victims and their relatives.

The Dutch board’s task was to learn the probable cause of the accident, not to determine liability. However, the board also noted that the flight crews and traffic controllers had not been trained fully enough to cope with the emergency.

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