9 Dead in Amsterdam Jet Crash

Passenger jet from Istanbul broke into three parts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2009 7:09 AM CST
The wreckage of a Turkish Airlines aircraft is seen after it slammed into a field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. The Turkish Airlines plane with 134...   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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(Newser) – At least nine people died and more than 50 were injured when a Turkish Airlines flight with 135 people on board crashed while attempting to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport today, reports the Guardian. The Boeing 737, believed to have been coming from Istanbul, split into three sections as it came down in a field near the airport.

One of the engines lay some distance from the main wreckage in the muddy, rutted field, the Guardian reports, but there was no sign of fire or smoke. "We were at an altitude of 600 meters when we heard the announcement that we were landing,"  one passenger reported. "We suddenly descended a great distance as if the plane fell into turbulence. The plane's tail hit the ground."