Plane crashes, snaps while landing in Amsterdam

25th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

None of the 135 passengers or eight crew aboard the crashed Turkish Airlines plane had lost their lives.

AMSTERDAM  – A passenger plane operated by Turkish Airlines crashed Wednesday while landing at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, an airport spokesman told AFP.

"It's a Turkish Airlines plane which crashed as it was approaching the runway," said Melanie Smieder, of the airport's press service. "All air traffic is blocked," she added.

The aircraft had broken into two or three pieces, said media reports from the airport.

In the latest media report, Turkey's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said none of the
135 passengers or eight crew aboard the crashed Turkish Airlines plane had lost their lives.

"The good news is that there was no loss of life in the accident" at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Yildirm said in televised remarks.

He said that there were injured passengers, but gave no figures.

Earlier, Turkey's CNN-Turk news channel reported that one person had been killed and 20 others injured in the crash.

Yildirim said that about 80 people had been evacuated from the plane.


According to other media reports, the plane landed close to the A9 motorway, after having missed the runway. The road has been closed in both directions.

AFP / Expatica

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