Tragedy at Schiphol

GENEVA - I happened to be in Europe this past week, participating in the Geneva Forum. So the tragedy outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport hit that much closer to home for me, as it has, of course, for the greater Boeing family back in the U.S. and around the world.

We now know that four Seattle-based Boeing employees were among the casualties of the Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 accident. Three of our colleagues died, and the fourth was injured and is recovering in the hospital.


The Boeing flag at half-staff outside our Seattle area offices.

As Boeing chairman Jim McNerney said late last week, “This is a very sad day for our company. Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues’ families, friends and co-workers and with the families of everyone who was on the flight.”

The men were returning from Turkey as part of their work for Integrated Defense Systems, supporting the Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning & Control program.

Boeing has posted a statement extending our deepest condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. And I would like to add my own personal thoughts and prayers for our Boeing colleagues and for all of the victims in the wake of this tragedy.

Comments (5)

Nancy A Smith (Everett, WA Snohomish):

It is with my family's deepest and sincere sympathy for your loss and each and everyone is in our prayers and thoughts each day.

Our hearts are heavy but become lighter as our words of hope and understanding for all are said. It is during these times that we seem to become one as if we all are bearing the pain. God's blessing on all.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

I send my thoughts, considerations and condolences to the families and friends of the three Boeing employees who where lost on Turkish Airlines Flight 1951.

Their contributions to a safer and better world should never be forgotten. I am inspired and we owe a debt of gratitude for their contributions to make the world a safer and better place.

Pauline Seals (Boeing Field Service, Hannover Germany):

To the families of those we lost in Amsterdam I would like to extend my sincere and heart felt condolences. I did not know any of those involved in this tragedy. But it does not prevent that sense of loss that so many of are feeling at this time.

Althea Woodson (ISS- Houston, Tx):

My deepest and sincere sympathy for your loss and each and everyone of you are in my prayers and thoughts each day.

Victor Koman (Huntington Beach, California, USA):

The loss of so many talented, dedicated people is a tragedy for all. Remembering the good moments in your lives with them is the way to keep them alive in your hearts forever.

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