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Friday 28 November 2014

In Pictures: Nine die in Turkish jet crash at Amsterdam airport

President and CEO of Schiphol airport Jos Nijhuisen, left, acting mayor of Haarlemmermeer, Michel Bezuijen, center, and Frans Schippers of the fire brigade, during a press conference at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport, killing nine people and injuring more than 50, Bezuijen said. ( AP Photo/Evert Elzinga)
A body is seen, being loaded into a vehicle, as the parts of the Turkish Airlines plane are seen in a field near Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition, officials said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Passengers react at the desk of a Turkish travel agency as they try to rebook their flight at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition, officials said. ( AP Photo/ Evert Elzinga)
Rescue workers, seen near a Turkish Airlines plane which slammed into a field while attempting to land, at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition, officials said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A body is being loaded into a vehicle as the parts of the Turkish Airlines plane are seen in a field near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Wednesday Feb 25, 2009. The plane with 134 people aboard slammed into the field while attempting to land, killing nine people officials said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Rescue workers cover bodies near a plane which slammed into a field at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and broke into three pieces, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. The Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport, killing nine people and injuring more than 50, the area's acting mayor said. ( AP Photo/ Marco De Swart)
In this photo combination released by the Turkish Airlines or THY Press Office shows, pilots of the crashed Turkish Airlines aircraft, left to right, Hasan Tahsin Arisan, Olcay Ozgur and Murat Sezer. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition, officials said. Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency said pilots Hasan Tahsin Arisan, Olcay Ozgur and Murat Sezer were not injured. (AP Photo/THY, HO) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES **
Rescue workers evacuate wounded passengers from a Turkish Airlines plane which slammed into a field while attempting to land with 134 people on board at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and broke into three pieces, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. The airline said everyone on board survived. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A rescue worker is seen near a Turkish Airlines plane which slammed into a field while attempting to land with 134 people on board at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. The airline said everyone on board survived. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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 aboard crashed into a field while approaching Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday and broke into three pieces. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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 aboard crashed into a field while approaching Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday and broke into three pieces. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Passengers react at the desk of a Turkish travel agency as they try to rebook their flight at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition, officials said. ( AP Photo/ Evert Elzinga)
Passengers react at the desk of a Turkish travel agency as they try to rebook their flight at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many in serious condition, officials said. ( AP Photo/ Evert Elzinga)

Dutch air crash investigators are today trying to establish why a Turkish Airlines jet dropped out of the sky moments before a scheduled landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

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The plane plunged as the 135 passengers and crew were preparing for a routine landing in clear weather.

But the fact that it was already on course to land, was travelling slowly and had little fuel helped minimise the impact.

Nine people died and 25 were seriously injured as the Boeing 737 broke into three sections on hitting the ground in a remote corner of the airport, according to Rudd Wecer, an airport spokesman.

The plane, arriving from Istanbul, was already nose up and preparing to land when it plunged, and the tail hit the ground first and broke off, according to local residents.

Mr Wecer said the jet hit the ground just short of its designated runway and skidded into fields.

Dozens of ambulances are still at the scene, with fire engines remaining on standby although no blaze broke out when the crash happened.

Relatives of passengers were still waiting at the airport this afternoon to learn the identities of the nine who died and the condition of those who were injured.

Flights from and to Schiphol were getting back to normal as crash investigators continued working at the scene to establish what caused the crash in the last minutes of a routine flight on a six-year-old aircraft which, it has been confirmed, had passed routine airworthiness and safety inspections.

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The first report on Twitter reportedly came from @nipp. Minutes after the crash he posted the message: "Airplane crash @ Schiphol Airport Amsterdam!!". Nipp's live updates are below.

Live updates from Twitterer Nipp:

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