All 135 people aboard Turkish Airlines flight 1951 had a miracle escape when their Boeing 737 jet crashed into farmland just short of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam this morning.
Despite the fact that the aircraft broke into three in the force of the impact, fire did not break out and none of the 127 passengers and eight crew on board was killed, according to both the Turkish transport minister and the chief executive of the airline.
“The good news is that there was no loss of life in the accident” said Binali Yildirim, the transport minister. He added that about 80 people had been evacuated from the plane.
Airport officials said that the plane from Istanbul's Ataturk airport came down on farmland amid low cloud and poor visibility while on its approach to Polderbaan, the newest runway at Schiphol, at 10.30am local time.