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A Turkish Airlines aircraft is seen after it slammed into a field while attempting to land at
Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009.

Turkish Airlines Crash in Amsterdam Kills At Least Nine

February 25, 2009 09:36 AM
by Josh Katz
Turkish Airlines flight 1951 crashed in an Amsterdam field Wednesday morning, killing at least nine and injuring more than 50. There is no word on the cause of the crash.
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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.

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.

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.

“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.”

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.
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