February 25, 2009

Turkey plane crash in Amsterdam

A Turkish Airlines plane breaks up on landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, but many people survive.

A Turkish Airlines plane has crashed on landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol international airport, killing one person and injuring at least 20.

The plane, with 135 passengers on board, crashed short of the runway near the A9 motorway and suffered significant damage.

It was Flight 1951 from Istanbul and was a 737-800 aircraft.

Witnesses have spoken of seeing at least 20 people walking from the wreckage, with luggage scattered about.

Turkish media said at least 50 people had survived unhurt.

The BBC's Geraldine Coughlan in the Hague says Dutch television has been showing pictures of helicopters at the scene, with about 20 ambulances and fire engines.

Schiphol airport has six runways and one major passenger terminal. In 2007, it handled 47 million passengers, ranking fifth in Europe behind London, Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid.

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