Turkish plane crash in Amsterdam

turkish plane crash in amsterdamAMSTERDAM – A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a field while attempting to land at Amsterdam’s main airport Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring more than 50, the area’s acting mayor said. The aircraft fractured into three pieces on impact. The fuselage split in two, close to the cockpit, and the tail broke off. One engine was visible lying almost intact near the wreck in the muddy field and the other was some 200 yards (200 meters) from the plane and heavily damaged, an Associated Press photographer at the scene said. The airline had said at first that everyone survived. But at a news conference later, Michel Bezuijen, acting mayor of Haarlemmermeer, reported the fatalities. “At this moment there are nine victims to mourn and more than 50 injured,” he said. At least 25 of the injured were in a serious condition and that the injured included crew members and passengers alike. He said there was no immediate word on the cause of the crash. Candan Karlitekin, the head of the airline’s board of directors, told reporters in Turkey that visibility was good at the time of landing. “Visibility was clear and around 5,000 yards (4,500 meters). Some 550 yards (500 meters) before landing; the plane landed on a field instead of the runway,” he said. “We have checked the plane’s documents and there is no problem concerning maintenance,” he added. Turkish Airlines head Temel Kotil said the captain, Hasan Tahsin, is very experienced and a former air force pilot. Gideon Evers, spokesman of the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations, said the cause remained unclear. “Certainly it appears to be an unusual circumstance, but as always the sensible course of action is to wait for the results of the investigation into the causes leading up to the accident,” he said. There was no indication that the crash had anything to do with the fuel level, Evers said, adding that regulations require all commercial flights to carry ample reserves. According to mandatory limits, a passenger airliner must carry sufficient fuel to get to its destination, remain in holding patterns for 45 minutes, possibly divert to an alternate airport, hold for another 45 minutes, and then carry out a normal approach. The fact that the plane crash landed in a muddy, plowed field may have contributed to making the accident less deadly, experts said, 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. The initial impact with the ground appeared to have sheared off the hot engines, which could have ignited leaking fuel, and the loose soil would have absorbed it — further decreasing the risk of fire. (taken from yahoo)


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