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 Thursday, 9 January, 2003, 15:50 GMT
Scot killed in Turkey air crash
Remains of the crashed Turkish Airlines passenger plane seen at the crash site in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir
75 people are feared dead in the plane crash
A Scottish geologist has been named among the 70 people killed in an air crash in Turkey.

David Hastie, 34, from Glasgow, was on board the Turkish Airlines plane when it crashed in fog as it tried to land at Diyarbakir Airport.

Only five people are thought to have survived after the plane crash-landed on an internal flight from Istanbul on Wednesday.

Three other Britons were among those who are "missing presumed dead" after flight TK634, an RJ-100 aircraft, came down in dense fog.

He was the nicest guy you could ever meet

John Watson
neighbour
Christopher Ringland, 31, and his colleague Christopher Holtom, 39, from Manchester and Muhammed Haque, from London, are believed to have died in the crash.

The curtains were drawn at Mr Hastie's semi-detached home in the Baillieston area of Glasgow.

His neighbours spoke of their shock at the tragedy and it emerged that he had only recently got engaged to his fiancee.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: "You could not have met a nicer lad. He would go away with his work for three weeks a month and maybe come back for a fortnight.

"He was in Turkey about a month ago and he said it was very cold. It is just a tragedy."

Good neighbour

The neighbour said Mr Hastie, an only child, was brought up in the Garrowhill area of the city and was in his mid-30s.

He moved to the house where his grandmother lived in Rhindmuir Avenue after her death around 10 years ago.

John Watson, 72, lived next door to Mr Hastie and said he was stunned at the news.

The retired lorry driver said: "He was the nicest guy you could ever meet.

Oil exploration

"He was a thorough young gentleman and a good neighbour and will be sadly missed.

"His family are devastated."

Mr Watson said Mr Hastie was a geologist who specialised in oil exploration.

Mr Hastie got engaged to his fiancee Rona at Christmas.

It is understood she originated from the Bridge of Weir area and had worked in Nottingham before recently getting a job in East Kilbride.

Both sets of parents were at Mr Hastie's house on Sunday for dinner and it is believed he left for Turkey earlier this week.

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