Turkish Airlines 737 Crash Kills Nine - Video

Feb 25, 2009

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 on approach to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport crashed short of the runway this morning.

The aircraft had 127 passengers and seven crew onboard, the airline says. Most of the passengers and crew survived. However, there were nine fatalities and more than 50 injured, the airline and airport authority say.

The flight, TK1951, departed Istanbul 12 minutes late, at 8:07 a.m. local time, and was due at Schiphol at 10:31 a.m.

The aircraft broke into three main pieces, but no major fire broke out.

The NTSB is dispatching a team of four to support the investigation, led by air safety investigator Joe Sedor. Technical advisors are also coming from the FAA, aircraft maker Boeing, and GE, representing the CFM56 engine consortium.

Schiphol says the crash occured at around 10:30 a.m. with the aircraft approaching the Polder runway (36L-18R). The incident closed Schiphol during the morning, but flight operations at KLM's hub resumed around mid-day.

The accident aircraft has been in service for seven years.

Image above shows screen grab from accident notice at Schiphol Airport website. Video below is from AP's YouTube channel.

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