26 February 2009

Turkish Airlines Crash in Amsterdam Kills At Least 9

The wreckage of a Turkish Airlines aircraft at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. (Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 134 people crashed in Amsterdam at around 10:30 a.m local time, leaving nine people dead and more than 50 injured, according to The Washington Post.

Michel Bezuijen, acting mayor of the Dutch township of Haarlemmermeer, said, “at least 25 of the injured were in a serious condition and that both crew members and passengers were hurt,” the Associated Press writes.

In this photo combination released by the Turkish Airlines or THY Press Office shows, pilots of the crashed Turkish Airlines aircraft, left to right, Hasan Tahsin Arisan, Olcay Ozgur and Murat Sezer. Pilots Hasan Tahsin Arisan, Olcay Ozgur and Murat Sezer died in the crash. **

The pilot of the Boeing 737-800 jet was trying to land at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport when the plane crashed into a field and splintered into three sections, sending the engines about 100 yards away, Bezuijen told AP.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash of a Turkish airlines passenger plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam on February 25, 2009. Some passengers were seen leaving the plane, Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties, it added. Other media reports said 135 passengers were on board the plane. The plane lies broken in three in a field near the airport. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

There have not been any announcements on the cause of the crash. Candan Karlitekin, the head of the airline’s board of directors, said that visibility was good at the time and there was nothing wrong with the maintenance of the plane, according to AP. Bloomberg reports that Dutch authorities say there is no indication that terrorism was involved in the crash.

A wounded passenger is wheeled away by firefighters from the site . Although officials in Turkey said that no one had been killed in the crash, a Dutch television reporter said he had seen four or five body bags while the CNN-Turky news channel said that one person had died and 20 were injured. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

“The plane suddenly felt like it was falling into a ditch about nine minutes before landing and we were on the ground within five or six seconds,” Kerem Uzel, a passenger, told a Turkish news channel NTV, according to Bloomberg. “The tail of the plane hit the ground first and the plane dragged on the soil for a while. Then I saw an opening in the plane next to me and I got out, some other passengers also got out of the plane on their own.”

Rescue workers examine the scene of a plane crash near Amsterdam, Netherland. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many seriously, officials said. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

NTV also reported that one of the engines may have ”broken off” prior to the crash, and “The engine fell off while the plane was flying at 2,000 meters (6,561 feet), the channel said citing eye witnesses,” Bloomberg writes.

At first, the airline said that nobody was killed in the crash, according to AP.

Source: http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/Europe

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