Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Thursday, April 22, 1999 Published at 02:21 GMT 03:21 UK


World: Europe

'Cover-up' in Amsterdam crash

At least 43 died as the plane crashed into a residential building

By Gillian Sharpe in The Hague

A Dutch parliamentary committee investigating the crash of an El Al cargo plane more than six years ago is to publish its final report on Thursday.


The BBC's Leon Hawthorne: "For years the Dutch people have suspected a cover up"
The report is expected to be critical of cabinet members and the government as a whole.

The plane ploughed into an apartment building in the Amsterdam suburb of Bijlmer, killing at least 43 people.

One member of parliament's investigating committee put it simply. The purpose of the report, she says, is to put an end to what has been a shameful chapter in Dutch politics.

Questions remain

More than six years after the crash, many questions remain. The report is expected to clarify what was on board the plane and look at whether El Al has co-operated fully with investigations.

The Israeli Government has already confirmed that part of the load was a chemical which can be used to make the nerve gas, Sarin.


Simon Montague: Plane was carrying nerve gas ingredient
Hundreds of people, ranging from rescue workers to local residents, are ill. They blame the crash, but the Dutch Government has never carried out a detailed medical investigation.

'Ministers to face criticism'

According to the mass circulation Telegraaf newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minster, Else Borst, is singled out for criticism for not acting sooner.

The country's other Deputy Prime Minister and former Transport Minister, Annemarie Jorritsma, is also expected to be censured.

Both women have said they will resign if their departments are found to have been at fault. According to Dutch television, Prime Minster Wim Kok will be blamed for the unco-ordinated response to the disaster.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

27 Jan 99 | Europe
Chemical plane crash inquiry

02 Oct 98 | Europe
Israel says El Al crash chemical 'non-toxic'

01 Oct 98 | World
Sarin uncovered





Internet Links


Parliament of the Netherlands

El AL

Sarin Nerve Gas


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Violence greets Clinton visit

Russian forces pound Grozny

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Next steps for peace

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

Trans-Turkish pipeline deal signed

French party seeks new leader

Jube tube debut

Athens riots for Clinton visit

UN envoy discusses Chechnya in Moscow

Solana new Western European Union chief

Moldova's PM-designate withdraws

Chechen government welcomes summit

In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Georgia protests over Russian 'attack'

UN chief: No Chechen 'catastrophe'

New arms control treaty for Europe

From Business
Mannesmann fights back

EU fraud -- a billion-dollar bill

New moves in Spain's terror scandal

EU allows labelling of British beef

UN seeks more security in Chechnya

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Russia's media war over Chechnya

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Analysis: East-West relations must shift