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At least nine people were killed and 50 injured when a Turkish Airlines plane crashed on landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol international airport (Schiphol is Europe's fifth largest airport by passenger numbers).

The plane, with 135 people on board, crashed in a field near a motorway and broke into three pieces.

Flight TK1951 left Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at 8:22 a.m. (0622 GMT) bound for Amsterdam, then crashed next to a runway at Schiphol Airport.



The fuselage split in two, close to the cockpit, and the tail broke off

One engine lay almost intact near the wreck in the muddy field...

...and the other was some 200 yards from the plane and heavily damaged

The fact that the plane crash landed in a muddy, plowed field may have contributed to making the accident less deadly by absorbing much of the force of the hard impact

It may also have helped avert a fire resulting from ruptured fuel tanks and lines on the underside of the fuselage, which appeared to have suffered very heavy impact damage

Hours after the crash, emergency crews still swarmed around the plane's cockpit

One of the survivors
Officials were analysing passenger details and could not yet confirm the identities of those killed






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2 comments

Anney on Feb 26, 2009, 11:19:00 PM  

It's sad when an accident like this happens.


Brigitte on Feb 27, 2009, 4:43:00 PM  

thank u my friend.