Dutch investigators insist that engine problems are just one of a number of possibilities under consideration in their probe into yesterday's Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 accident at Amsterdam.
While Dutch Safety Board chairman Pieter van Vollenhoven has been cited as suggesting that some kind of failure occurred in the CFM International CFM56 powerplants, a spokeswoman for the board says the remarks have been taken out of context.
Initial evidence from the scene of the accident indicates that the aircraft had low forward speed at the point of impact, and the spokeswoman says this naturally raises queries about whether the engines were functioning properly.
"But this is just one of the possibilities we are considering," she states, adding that the flight recorders are still being examined and investigators expect to know more after the weekend.
Flight TK1951 came down on approach to Amsterdam Schiphol's runway 18R, killing nine of the 134 passengers and crew, including both pilots.