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9 killed, 85 wounded when Boeing 737-800 crashed near Schiphol Amsterdam
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The plane, with 135 people on board, crashed in a field near a motorway and broke into three pieces.

Nine people were killed, 6 passengers and 3 crew mwmnbers, and reports say 85 people were wounded.

The Turkish Airlines 737-800, left Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at 8.22 am (0622 GMT) bound for Amsterdam with 127 passengers, including a baby, and seven crew members on board.

According to eyewitnesses, Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 landed at “massive speed” in a field by the A9 motorway, missing the runway at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, one of the busiest in Europe, by more than three miles.

"We felt something odd was going on. The plane spun out of control and then we landed with a thud in a field and saw one of the engines break off.

"Everything happened so quickly within a few seconds, so we didn't even have time to panic," said Tuncer Mutluhan, a Turkish survivor, who was speaking from an ambulance.

Dutch television images showed police and rescue workers swarming around the wreckage and ambulances rushing to and from the scene.

Both of the plane’s engines were torn off and lay around 100 yards (100 meters) from the remains of the fuselage.

In Turkey, Candan Karlitekin, head of the airlines board, all 127 passengers and seven crew members survived the crash. Turkey’s Transport Minister Binali Yildirim earlier said there were 135 passengers and eight crew.

During its 75 year history, Turkish Airlines has had three major accidents on its international flights, and 18 on domestic flights.

There have also been serious accidents at Schipol airport, which handles more than 47 million passengers a year.

The most recent was in 1994 when a KLM flight to Cardiff had to return to the airport, and crash landed. Three on board died, including the captain, and there were nine injuries.

In terms of passenger numbers, Schipol is the fifth biggest airport in Europe behind London, Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid.

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Added: Feb-25-2009 Occurred On: Feb-25-2009
By: beck64
Tags: schiphol, crash, accident, plane, turkish airlines, amsterdam, killed, wounded, injured, boeing
Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (load item map)
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